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362 sites shut down in Web piracy crackdown

China has made notable progress against Internet piracy and copyright infringement following a crackdown that started months ago.

A total of 541 Internet copyright infringement cases have been investigated and 362 illegal Websites have been closed since the nationwide crackdown was jointly launched in August by the National Copyright Administration of China, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the NCAC said in a statement.

Police have confiscated 154 Web servers and ordered Websites to delete infringing content more than 500 times. Fines on Websites involved in Internet piracy have topped 1.28 million yuan (US$187,000) during the campaign.

NCAC publicized 10 Internet piracy cases on Friday, ranging from pirated literature works to unauthorized music, movies and TV series.

Online sellers of the pirated book "Zhu Rongji's Answers to Journalists' Questions," which features the former premier's answers to media interviews and speeches delivered overseas, have been fined or received warnings. Other cases were either transferred to public security departments for further investigation or to people's courts for prosecution, NCAC said.

Wang Ziqiang, an NCAC official, said on Friday that literature works, films, TVs and games were key targets of the crackdown.


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