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exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal
professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.
For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira
ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.
Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target
s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.
Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme
nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.
He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss
ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat
a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac
cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1
.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi
pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.