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Chinese police cracks down on piracy, pornography

Chinese police seized about 150 million illegal, pirate and pornographic publications in 2006, according to a national conference last week.

"The seizure includes pornographic and pirated movies, books, software, audio-video products and electronic publications," according thenational teleconference on anti-pornography and anti-piracy.

"Society should be mobilized to tackle piracy and protect intellectual property in order to ensure a healthy and orderly development of the country's cultural market," said Liu Yunshan, head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

The police also closed fourteen illegal VCD and DVD production lines and dealt with more than 30,000 piracy and pornographic cases, including a crackdown on nearly 10,000 illicit websites last year.

China launched its biggest ever crackdown on piracy last July. The three-month campaign, which ended in September, targeted street vendors, underground shops and warehouses selling and storing pirate DVDs and software. (Source: Xinhua)

Story filed 28.01.07

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