[photopress:piratevendor.jpg,full,alignright]According to the Ministry of Public Security, China had destroyed nearly 13 million pirated CDs, DVDs and computer software as part of a 100-day intensive crackdown on piracy.
The crackdown was across the nation: six million from Guangdong, one million from Beijing, 1.88 million from Sichuan, 600,000 from Liaoning, 500,000 from Jiangsu, 750,000 from Fujian, 300,000 from Shandong and 230,000 from Henan.
This is part of a 100 day campaign to show other trading countries that China is serious about enforcing copyright. Police and copyright officials have raided more than 537,000 publication markets, shops, street vendors and distribution companies, and closed down 8,907 shops and street vendors, 481 publishing companies and 942 illegal websites in two months.
Local police in southeast China’s Guangdong Province alone uncovered four major illegal CD and DVD production lines since the beginning of this month. Altogether ten illegal production lines have been brought to a halt.
At the same time the government has revoked 368 business licenses for audiovisual products. Ninety-nine of the licenses revoked belonged to companies based in northeast China’s Jilin Province and 74 were from central China’s Henan Province. This according to the National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Piracy Office.