How Should China Respond to Online Piracy of Live Sports Telecasts? A Comparative Study of Chinese Copyright Legislation to U.S. and European Legislation
IX University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, 2010
20 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2012
Date Written: 2010
This article is the first to examine the copyrightability of sports telecasts in China, and to compare the Chinese experience with the treatment of sports telecasts the U.S. and Europe. Despite the huge success that China achieved in combating unauthorized retransmission of sports telecasts over the internet during the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympic Games, the issue of whether the Chinese copyright regime affords legal protection for live sports telecasts over the internet still remains to be clarified. Drawing on the author’s direct personal experience working on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games project, Prof. Song addresses problems and uncertainty under the existing PRC copyright law with respect to protection of sports telecasts, and then propose a number of recommendations to be considered in the future legislative reform.
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