Copyright Protection: So many works

So many works


Judge Li

Copyright regulates the legal relationship between the author and his work.

Works protected by copyright include literary, scientific, artistic, musical, photographic and cinematographic works as well as computer programs.

In China, according to the Article 3 of China’s Copyright Law (2001), the term "works" includes works of literature, art, natural science, social science, engineering technology and the like which are expressed in the following forms:

    (1) written works;

(2) oral works;

(3) musical, dramatic, quyi[1], choreographic works;

(4) works of fine art and architecture;

(5) photographic works;

(6) cinematographicworks and works created by virtue of an analogous method of film production;

(7) drawings of engineering designs, and product designs; maps, sketches and other graphic works and model works;

(8) computer software;

(9) other works as provided for in laws and administrative regulations.

[1] Quyi refers to such traditional art forms as ballad singing, story telling, comic dialogues, clapper talks and cross talks (translator's note).