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Cafes and buses to be charged monie royalties

SHANGHAI will be among the first group of cities where Internet cafes and long-distance coaches will be charged copyright royalties for screening Chinese movies from November next year.

Internet cafes will have to pay 7.5 percent of each computer?s hourly charge, then multiplied by the number of computers it has, every day. Every long-distance bus will be charged from 365 to 500 yuan (US$54.82 to US$75.1) on an annual basis, regardless of how many movies it screens, according to the regulation, approved by the National Copyright Administration, Beijing Morning Post reported today.

The trial will start in Shanghai, Beijing and Jiangsu and several other provinces from November 2011 in an attempt to fight copyright infringement, said Zhu Yongde, director-general of CFCA, at a film forum yesterday.

The association will not send people to collect copyright royalties. Instead, they will hire 20 to 30 local people with òconnections and contactsó in each province or city to implement the regulation, Zhu said.

For those Internet cafes that refuse to pay the charges, the association will file civil law suits, Zhu added.


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