Steamroller gleefully crushes pirated publications. Image on China Daily via China Hearsay
The National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office is, presumably, a pretty exciting place to work. Think of all the porn and illegal publications! This year the office really put their back into it, and celebrated World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) by destroying some 29.44 million pirated goods including books, magazines, and newspapers.
Xinhua, ever the enemy of porn and pirated publications, reports:
“Piracy and illegal publications are spreading more vehemently on the Internet… Local government departments must intensify efforts to deal with such cases,” said Wu Shulin, deputy director of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
Wu urged for a special focus on piracy activities targeting bestselling publications on major topics as well as music and video websites, online retailers of books and electronic devices that circulate such publications.
Over the past five years, the office has destroyed 233 million illegal publications. Last year, crackdowns intensified with 4,045 piracy cases dealt with and 30.85 million pirated publications confiscated.
What did you do for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day? What kind of whacky stuff did you do to celebrate increasing the general understanding of intellectual property as to promote the market economy? Leave your responses in the comments!