Rethinking Copyright Reform: Should China Imitate or Innovate?

Jie Hua


The revision of copyright law is influenced by the development of technologies. The emergence of personal computer and internet brings technological innovation reshaping copyright law in a continuously expansive trend. However, copyright expansion should not be unlimited when appropriate access and exploitation of copyrighted works is in danger. As a developing country where knowledge and information resources are inadequate, China would better initiate an innovative strategy in the new round of copyright reform rather than imitate legislative models of developed countries that over intensifies copyright protection. The innovative strategy should well address the issues of access, dissemination and exploitation of copyrighted works and balance the interests in
rights among copyright holders, technological intermediaries and public users.

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