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Justin Hughes Intellectual Property Law
Wang Qian, East China University of Politics and Law
Qian joined the Intellectual Property School, East China University of Politics and Law as a lecturer and then as an associate professor in 2004, and assumed a professorship in 2006.In addition to his lecturing post, Qian was appointed an expert for the National Intellectual Property Strategy Project and an intellectual property adviser for the Shanghai 2010 Expo.
Wang Qian, a professor with the Intellectual Property School at East China University of Political Science and Law, said China still faced a tough challenge in fighting infringement and counterfeiting, as violators have developed advanced techniques.
He believed current legislation does not levy sufficiently serious punishments on violators. "(The counterfeiters) would rather pay the fines and damages as long as they earn more producing fakes," Wang said, adding that an amendment to the law was needed. But Wang Qian, a professor with the intellectual property school at East China University of Political Science and Law, said: "If a pirated DVD vendor sticks on a note that says: 'I don't take legal responsibility for illegal selling' on his DVD, will the judiciary establish his innocence?" A publicity officer with PPS.tv, one of the biggest online video program suppliers in China, which still offers free viewing of some overseas TV series without authorized copyright, refused on Tuesday to comment on the State administration's regulation. On the other hand, sina.com, a major website in China, said all its video clips are copyright authorized. Wang said obtaining authorized copyright from overseas owners is not difficult. "Many overseas film and TV series producers have agencies in China, and it's not that hard to reach them," he said. "Being unaware of the rate of copyright payment is not an excuse for infringing copyright," he said. "Internet cafe owners should pay due attention while obtaining copyright licensing from an agent company (such as movie providers)," said Wang Qian, a professor with the intellectual property school at East China University of Political Science and Law. "They should ask for the original licensing contracts with the copyright owner and check the authenticity, rather than taking an agent's word for it," he said. "Even if they buy a pirated DVD on the street, it's still legal for a cafe to copy the film to its server and make it available to customers," added Wang at East China University of Political Science and Law. Wang Qian, an intellectual property rights professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law, said he believes the cooperation by Chinese and foreign movie copyright holders is actually feasible. Prof. Wang Qian of East China University of Political Science and Law said Internet cafes and long-distance buses should pay for screening movies, and the CFCA had the right to collect royalties for its members.
Wang Qian, East China University of Politics & Law
Fordham Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law & Policy
Prof. Wang Qian, East China University of Politics and Law (ECUPL)