The Copyright Protection Center of China (CPCC) — Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Copyright Registration Hall, the first State-level copyright registration hall in South China and the third one in the country after ones in Chengdu and Shanghai, was launched Friday in Luohu. The 2016 Analysis Report on China’s Software Copyright Registration was released by the CPCC as well.
Duan Guijian, director of the CPCC, explained that the reason for choosing Luohu District as the destination for the copyright registration hall was because of the booming development of the cultural and creative industry in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and Shenzhen in particular.
Duan also explained that application acceptance and issuance for software copyright registration is the focus of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Copyright Registration Hall in order to better meet the increasing demand for registration by copyright owners in the area.
“The number of software copyright registrations in Guangdong Province reached 91,715, accounting for 22.49 percent of the total in the country and overtaking those registered in Beijing to lead the country for the first time in 2016,” said Suo Laijun, deputy director of the CPCC.
According to the report, China issued more than 400,000 new software copyright registrations in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 39.48 percent. Eastern regions accounted for 75.54 percent of the total registrations in 2016, while western areas saw the fastest increase of 43.68 percent year on year.
“The cultural and creative industry is flourishing in Shenzhen, and the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and the Shenzhen Municipal Government attach great importance to the development and protection of intellectual property rights,” said Chen Biao, vice mayor of the city.
According to Nie Xinping, head of the Luohu District Government, Luohu is now home to a total of 4,990 cultural and creative enterprises and 18 cultural and creative parks at the municipal level or above. The district has also set up the first government-led district-level cultural and creative fund in the province, worth 1.2 billion yuan (US$177 million).
“In the past, all of our copyright registrations needed to be processed in Beijing. Now we can just do it at our doorstep. It’s really convenient,” said Shang Linlin, senior vice president of Fantawild Holding Inc.