China warns video sites on pirated shows

Sept. 21 deadline set to remove copyrighted material

BEIJING -- China has warned video sharing websites Youku, Ku6, Baidu and a dozen others to remove content in violation of copyright by Sept. 21, local media reported Thursday.

As China’s population of Web surfers swells above the 420 million reached this July, Wang Ziqiang, a senior official with the General Administration of Press and Publication, said the 15 video sharing sites warned comprise more than 80% percent of the video market share.

"If these websites can abide by the laws and regulations with an honest attitude, the entire copyright infringement situation on the Internet will be greatly relieved," Wang told guests at a Wednesday meeting on video website supervision, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Pirated material on China’s most popular video sharing sites includes copyrighted content from the major Hollywood studios, such television shows like “Prison Break” from 20th Century Fox and “Lost” from ABC/Disney.

Chinese authorities have uncovered 2,621 cases of online copyright infringement since 2005, resulting in the closure of 1,198 illegal sites under orders from the National Copyright Administration, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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