How to register a copyright in China?

Updated: Jan 10, 2019 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print

Can foreigners enjoy copyright in China?

Works of foreigners can enjoy copyright in China if they meet any one of the following three conditions:

1. The copyright enjoyed by foreigners or stateless persons in any of their works under an agreement concluded between China and the country to which they belong, or in which they have their habitual residences, or under an international treaty to which both countries are parties.

2. Foreigners and stateless persons whose works are first published in the territory of China shall enjoy copyright

3. Any work of an author of a country that has not concluded any agreement with China or that is not a party to any international treaty to which China is a party, and any work of a stateless person can enjoy the copyright in China, when it is first published in a member country of an international treaty to which China is a party, or simultaneously published in a member country of the treaty and in a non-member country.

Does copyright need to be registered in China?

Copyright does not need to be registered. Once a work is completed, the author enjoys copyright whether it is published or not. The principle of voluntariness is adopted in the registration of works’ copyright, and the copyright owners can decide whether to register their work.

However, registration of the copyright not only can help to protect the rights and interests of the authors, copyright owners and users of works, but also can offer evidence to solve disputes about the copyright ownership.

Registration documents

1. Identity certification of the author.

2. The certification of the ownership of the copyright.

3. Sample of the work.

4. Copyright registration application form.

5. Instruction of the works which include the introduction of intention, process and originality with the signature of the author.

The ways to register the copyright in China

The National Copyright Administration is responsible for the registration of works of foreign authors and other copyright owners in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

Individuals need to access to the website (http://www.ccopyright.com/) to register an account, fill the application form online and print it. The form needs to be sent or directly handed to the National Copyright Administration with the signature of the author. The application fee will be asked to pay after checking the documents. A copyright certificate will be given if the registration is successful.

The payment of the registration

The payment of the registration depends on the format and context of the work, the lowest cost is 100 yuan, and the highest cost is 2000 yuan.

Charging item

     Fee (RMB)

   Remarks

Words and Oral Work

under 100 words, 100 yuan           101-5000 words, 150 yuan            5001-10000 words. 200 yuan            More than 10,000 words, 300yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Music work

Music and literature 300 yuan,

Music 200 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Dramatic work

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Opera works

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Choreographic works

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Acrobatic work

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Art works

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Photographic works

300 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Engineering design             Product design

500 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Maps, sketches

500 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Model works

500 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Architecture

1500 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Movie

2000 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

 

Video work

200 yuan for less than 1 minute

300 yuan for 1-5 minutes            400 yuan for 5-10 minutes            800 yuan for 10-25 minutes            1000 yuan for 25-45 minutes            2000 yuan for more than 45 minutes

Teleplay 100 yuan per episode

The payment of the series from the second item is 50 yuan each.

The payment of the series from the second item is 50 yuan each.

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

The payment of the series from the second item is 200 yuan each.

The payment of the series from the second item is 300 yuan each.

The payment of the series from the second item is 400 yuan each.

Compilation

2000 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Media compilation

2000 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Others

2000 yuan

The payment of the series from the second item is 100 yuan each.

Source: Copyright Law of China

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