China News | Over 2,500 Persons Face Penalties over Illegal Publications

Prosecuting Piracy
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The Chinese authorities achieved a giant feat in cracking down unlawful activities ranging from illegal publications, faking press credentials, piracy, and copyright infringement in 2018.

According to data released by China’s national office against illegal publications, 2,670 people among a total of more than 12,000 cases handled by the office faced criminal penalties for violations of law and regulations regarding pornographic and illegal publications.

Chinese authorities also shut down 26,000 websites containing obscene and other harmful content and confiscated 15.9 million illegal publications.

In order to enhance supervision over obscene and illegal publications in local communities, over 510,000 workstations were established across the country as of December 2018.

The government raised the maximum reward for valuable information to 600,000 yuan in December in a bid to solicit more help from the public as the citizens has been very helpful with useful information and contributed more than 130,000 leads.

More than 200 suspects were arrested from one case in Jiaxing, east China’s Zhejiang province where the police busted a criminal ring which engaged in online-streaming of pornographic videos raking in 250 million yuan (36.67 million U.S. dollars).

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: