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UK-China copyright week

Invitation to attend UK to China copyright week (31 August to 2 September 2015).

In the 21st Century, governments around the world must respond to the challenges created by the digital age and adapt their copyright systems to remain relevant and effective. The UK is no exception and has implemented a wide range of reforms in the past few years. Similarly, China’s copyright law will undergo its most thorough reform yet.

In this context the UK Intellectual Property Office has coordinated a week long programme of events in conjunction with the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) to share best practice on key areas of reform and to engage with copyright creators and owners from both the UK and China. Dr Ros Lynch, the UK’s Director of Copyright and Enforcement will lead a UK delegation of policy officials participating in events in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Topics will include:

  • collective licensing
  • extended collective licensing
  • broadcasting and related rights
  • orphan works
  • copyright enforcement and enforcement of other IP rights

Programme

Date Activities
Monday 31 August (Beijing) Afternoon: UK-China Copyright Seminar, with the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC)

Evening: 14th UK-China Intellectual Property Salon: Copyright & the Creative Industries
Tuesday 1 September (Beijing) Annual meeting of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFFRO)
Wednesday 2 September (Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai) Beijing: UK-China Collective Licensing Training Workshop (Full day)

Shanghai: Lunch meeting on enforcement of IP rights on Alibaba Group e-commerce platforms

Hangzhou: Evening reception for UK and China creative industries companies and government officials

A more detailed programme will be circulated shortly but please book flights! The UK-China Copyright Week is a key opportunity for UK stakeholders to engage directly with the Chinese copyright legislators and to share views on the development of the system at this crucial stage of reform. To register your interest in attending any of these events and for more information about the programme please email su.hong@fco.gov.uk.