Friday, June 23, 2006

Chinese Bloggers Want Their Copyright Better Protected

Following the example of a female blogger (name not mentioned in the article), who sued a famous website for reproducing her article without her permission and asked for a compensation of 100,000 yuan (US$12,500), more bloggers want their copyright better protected.

"Blogger Wang Xiaofeng, who became famous for his blog "the massage breast", said that a certain newspaper has copied his column for half a year while he knew nothing about that. He discovered that all the contents on the "column" were copied from his blog.Another blogger complained that his article was published on 50 newspapers, of which only three sent him his remuneration. The remaining 47 did not even call him."

It may be the greatest compliment to get copied as a blogger, but bloggers like any other rights holder don't have to put up with anything less than to be asked permission and provided with a remuneration. However, it's hard as a blogger to defy costs, time and efforts connected with law suits.

Read more here.

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