China’s online literature industry is experiencing a rapid growth in market share, making it a significant force of Chinese culture that is going global. However, this growth has also brought with it some problems, including internet piracy. To address these issues, proposals are being put on the table during the two sessions – a highly anticipated event that is watched globally.
The first session of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) began on Saturday. During this session, Yan Jingming, a member of the 14th CPPCC National Committee and vice-chairman of the China Writers Association, put forth a proposal aimed at combating internet piracy and ensuring copyright protection for China’s online literature industry.
The proposal is expected to have far-reaching effects on the industry as a whole. It is hoped that it will address some of the issues that the online literature industry has been facing, including the unauthorized distribution of works and the theft of intellectual property. This is important because it can help to protect the creative efforts of online writers, shielding their creativity from being misused by others.
Overall, the proposal put forth by Yan Jingming during the two sessions is an important step towards addressing the challenges facing China’s online literature industry. By providing greater copyright protection, it can help to ensure that the industry continues to grow in a sustainable and ethical manner, benefiting both readers and writers alike. As such, it is an important development for the industry and one that will be watched closely by all those involved in it.
During the two sessions, many members of the 14th CPPCC National Committee are calling for enhanced protection measures for China’s online literature industry. Yan Jingming’s proposal is just one of many that aim to address issues like internet piracy that the industry is facing.
The Chinese government has already implemented regulations such as the “Jian Wang 2020” special operation to target internet piracy. However, Wu Yiqin believes that the management of online literature piracy has entered a “new phase” that requires new solutions. This sentiment is shared by many in the industry, who believe that more needs to be done to protect the creative efforts of writers.
Yan Jingming’s proposal includes the implementation of “black and white” lists to monitor potential copyright violations. The proposal calls for providing white list protection to legal content providers and blacklisting those platforms that host pirated content. Additionally, Yan suggests that the supervision list that includes different monitoring subjects should be updated regularly based on information gathered from China’s major online literature platforms such as qidian.com and jjwxc.net.
The proposed lists could benefit writers like Jian Wu Xiu, whose fantasy novel “Hai Shi Di Qiu Ren Hen” (lit: The Brilliant Earth Men) was a hot hit collected by 150,000 readers on qidian.com. However, the work was hosted by Bi Qu Ge, a notorious pirate website that disguised itself as a legitimate site. To catch the infringer, Jian Wu Xiu told the Global Times that he would publish a pseudo chapter at midnight to confuse the pirate, who normally stole his works as soon as they were published.
Yan Jingming’s proposal offers a new approach to protecting the creative efforts of writers in China’s online literature industry. By providing greater copyright protection and monitoring potential copyright violations, it can help ensure that writers’ works are not stolen or misused. Furthermore, the proposal shows that the industry is taking steps to address the issues it faces, and that new solutions are being developed to ensure that it continues to grow in a sustainable and ethical manner.
Online literature writers like Jian Wu Xiu are often the victims of piracy. However, Jian is determined to defend his rights and endure. “I won’t bend down to piracy. I’ll be here to defend my rights and endure,” Jian said.
This determination is shared by many writers in China’s online literature industry who are calling for better protection measures for their creative works. Wu Yiqin is one such writer who has called for “avoiding increasing costs for copyright’s owners,” while “increasing punishments for pirated novel apps.” Wu told the Global Times that the low costs of infringement and high costs to protect one’s lawful rights are well-known problems in the industry.
Wu added that since online literature works are often pirated across the country, there should be provisions for assisting authors so they do not have to run around to different courts. This would help reduce the burden on authors and ensure that they receive the protection they need.
Geng Cong Xin is another online literature writer who has suffered from copyright infringement. Geng told the Global Times that apps, websites, and search engines also have a critical role in shielding creators’ rights. Geng once reported copyright infringement to baidu.com, China’s biggest search engine. However, the reporting mechanism was “extremely complicated.”
This is because these platforms currently play a “passive” role in the matter. Cui Guobin, director of the Intellectual Property Law Research Center at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times that network service providers often wait for copyright owners to send in requests before acting on piracy. Yan Jingming and Wu Yiqin have called for service platforms to enhance their “sense of involvement” in order to address this issue.
Hu Yanan, an experienced lawyer, believes that service platforms should play a more positive role in “filtering out pirated content.” This would help reduce the incidence of piracy and protect the creative works of writers in the online literature industry. It is clear that many writers, lawyers, and industry experts are calling for new solutions to the issue of piracy in online literature. By working together, they hope to create a more sustainable and ethical industry that protects the rights of creators and rewards their creative efforts.
Efforts to regulate China’s online creative industries have resulted in a new proposal aimed at protecting intellectual property rights. This proposal is based on valuable experience summarized from years of regulating online industries. In 2020, the “Jian Wang 2020” special operation was launched to combat online piracy across multiple fields such as music, online literature, film, and TV. More than 720 cases of piracy were handled during this operation. Since then, online literature in China has improved significantly and expanded rapidly to overseas markets.
According to a 2021 report, the overseas influence of Chinese online literature has expanded to regions such as Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa. Yan Jingming, a member of the 14th CPPCC National Committee, noted that in 2021, Chinese online literature made a profit of 2.90 billion yuan ($420 million) in overseas markets, representing an increase of 75.32 percent year-on-year. Furthermore, 314,600 Chinese online literature works were exported in 2021. This growing overseas influence inspired Yan to call for the formation of organizations to help online literature companies and individuals defend their rights abroad and speed up the adoption of a consensus on intellectual property protection in overseas markets.
The proposal includes a call to provide white-list protection to legal content providers and blacklist platforms that host pirated content. Yan also highlighted the need to update the supervision list regularly, which should include different monitoring subjects based on information gathered from China’s major online literature platforms such as qidian.com and jjwxc.net.
The proposal also addresses the issue of increasing costs for copyright owners and the need to increase punishments for pirated novel apps. Geng Cong Xin, an online literature writer who has also suffered from copyright infringement, pointed out that apps, websites, and search engines also have a critical role in shielding those creators’ rights. The writer once reported copyright infringement to baidu.com, China’s biggest search engine. However, the reporting mechanism was “extremely complicated,” as these platforms currently play a “passive” role in the matter. Consequently, both Yan and Wu Yiqin, another member of the 14th CPPCC National Committee, have called for service platforms to enhance their “sense of involvement” and play a more positive role in filtering out pirated content.
In conclusion, China’s online literature industry has undergone significant changes, and as a result, there is a need to develop new solutions to address emerging challenges. The proposal presented by Yan and other members of the 14th CPPCC National Committee aims to combat online piracy and enhance the protection of intellectual property rights. This proposal includes the use of black and white lists to monitor potential copyright violations, the need to increase punishments for pirated novel apps, and the formation of organizations to help online literature companies and individuals defend their rights abroad.