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Selling Online Games to China

1. China Prohibits Foreign Investment in Online Game Publishing Goreign companies are not allowed to invest in online game publishing in China. Reiterated in the 2016 Administration Rules for Online Publishing Service (2016 OPS Rules), online games are considered online publications and offering such publications via information networks is providing online publishing services. According to

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China E-Commerce: Resistance is Futile

The PRC National People’s Congress last week promulgated a second discussion draft of the PRC E-Commerce Law (电子商务法草案). This statute is an attempt to gain greater control over China’s online consumer markets, which have exploded with little regulation. The lack of regulation has not slowed development of e-commerce in China. The success of online marketing

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China Establishes a Cyber-Court

China has adopted a plan to establish a cyberspace court in Hangzhou. The plan is for this court to accept filings electronically, try cases via livestream and hear only e-commerce and Internet related cases. Why Hangzhou? Under Chinese civil procedure law, lawsuits must be brought in the place of the defendant’s domicile. For companies, domicile

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China’s New Cybersecurity Law: The 101

China’s Cybersecurity Law (CSL) became effective on June 1, 2017. It regulates the construction, operation, maintenance and use of networks, as well as network security supervision and management within mainland China. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is the primary governmental authority supervising and enforcing the CSL. The CSL regulates cybersecurity from different aspects, including

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Five Ways to Prevent Duplicates of YOUR Product from Being Sold on Amazon

American and European companies that have their consumer products made in China regularly must contend counterfeits of their products showing up on Amazon. My law firm’s international IP lawyers frequently get inquiries from companies that sell their products on Amazon and have seen their sales plunge because they are having to compete with duplicate/counterfeit products

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China Cybersecurity and Data Protection Laws: Change is Coming

China’s new Cybersecurity Law will become effective on June 1, 2017. In addition to focusing on cybersecurity, the law also details how companies are to handle personal information and data. In determining what is allowed and not allowed for handling personal information in China, it is important to examine The Decision on Strengthening Information Protection on Networks (2012), The Guidelines

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China and the Internet of Things

This post is a short riff on the recently issued Online Trust Alliance’s IoT Framework that sets out thirty guidelines related mostly to sustainability, security and privacy surrounding connected devices. Though these are “just” guidelines, we expect most leading IoT device manufacturers will be influenced by them. The following guideline No.3 immediately stood out to

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China and The Internet of Things and How to Destroy Your Own Company

Years ago, I spoke at a major technology event on how to protect IP from China. I rarely use notes when I give a speech, which leads me to often riff on various things. At some point during that speech, I mentioned how technology companies tended to get into the biggest trouble when it comes


China’s New Online Publishing Rules

On March 10, 2016, the PRC government will impose new rules to govern online publishing in China. Under these new rules, all entities that intend to publish online in China must first obtain an Online Publishing Service Permit from SAPPRFT. The OPS Rules set out the conditions for obtaining the required permit. The Chinese government strictly

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Copyright Takedowns in China

Copyright takedowns in China and copyright notices. What you can and should do now to be able to use a copyright takedown to protect your copyrights in China.