The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

China slams 'distorted' view of copyright piracy problem


BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's top official in charge of fighting copyright piracy on Sunday slammed what he said was the Western media's deliberate distortion of the problem caused by China's poor global image, saying important facts had been ignored.

Foreign governments, including the United States, have for years urged China to take a stronger stand against pervasive violations of intellectual property rights on products ranging from medicines to software to DVD movies sold on the street.

The US in April again put China, along with Russia, on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of copyrighted material and other intellectual property.

However, Mr Tian Lipu, head of China's State Intellectual Property Office, said the government's efforts were being ignored.