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Shuttered Websites told to fix copyright issues

AS hundreds of Websites were shut down, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said on Saturday that sites offering free movie and music downloads will have to resolve the "copyright problem" if they want to reopen.

"In recent years some Websites spread a large number of pirated films, TV dramas and other programs. Some of these programs contain lewd content. Such programs can severely harm young people's health and these sites violate copyright law," said an official with the online video and audio program department under the administration.

The official said regulating online audio and video services is a "long-term task" and as long as these Websites don't fix copyright issues they won't be allowed to reopen.

According to the administration, the closed Websites didn't have a proper license.

More than 530 BitTorrent Websites have been closed, including major download search engine

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing agreement.

Li Yongqiang, vice president of multi-media software company Baofeng, said the government's crackdown would promote common sense in the industry and was a step forward in solving piracy and online pornography problems.

However, as many Internet users expressed support for the crackdown, others said licensed Websites should not blame everything on unlicensed sites.

An online person who was identified as "Yanshan Tanke" said licensed sites should offer better service with fast connection speeds and reasonable prices.

The crackdown will continue, the administration said.


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