Copyright and the Public Interest in China
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Copyright and the Public Interest in China

Guan H. Tang

Guan Hong Tang expertly highlights how the multidimensional concept of public interest has influenced the development and limitations of Chinese copyright. Since 1990 China has awarded copyright – individual rights – but also provides for public, non-criminal enforcement. The author reveals that pressures of development, globalisation and participation in a world economy have hastened the loss of public interest from copyright. However, for a socialist country, placing the common ahead of the individual interest, the public interest also constitutes a phenomenological tool with which to limit copyright. The author also discusses how the rise of the Internet, which has had a major social and economic impact on China, raises problems for Chinese copyright law. Comparing Chinese copyright law with the USA and the UK, topical issues are presented in this unique book including those arising within education, library and archives sectors.
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Appendix: Timeline of Chinese History

Guan H. Tang


1 Xia c.2100–1800 bc Ancient China Shang 1700–1027 bc Zhou 1027–221 bc Qin 221–207 bc Han 206 bc–ad 220 Early Imperial China Three Kingdoms ad 220–265 Jin 265–420 Sixteen Kingdoms 304–439 Southern and Northern Dynasties 420–588 Sui 580–618 Tang 618–907 Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 907–960 Classical Imperial China Song 960–1279 Yuan 1279–1368 Ming 1368–1644 Qing 1644–1911 Warlordism 1912–1928 Contemporary China Republic of China 1911–1949 Japanese Invasion 1937–1945 Civil War 1945–1949 People’s Republic of China (in mainland China) 1949– Republic of China (in Taiwan Island China) 1949– China Now The origins of the Neolithic in China can be traced back to about 12 000 bc along the Yellow River. The Chinese began farming from about 5000 bc, with rice cultivated in the south and millet grown in the north. The earliest Chinese writing was believed to be invented between 3000 and 4000 bc, while ancient Chinese literature attributed the origin of the Chinese script to a man named Cang Jie, who is believed to be the official historian of the legendary Yellow Emperor. The wheel was invented around 2500 bc and provided more effective means of transport for the rulers. 255 1 TANG PRINT.indd 255 27/10/2011 09:57

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