The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA) has signed a licensing agreement with the China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS). This comes as CLA joined a government visit to China, during which the UK Intellectual Property Office co-hosted a symposium with the Chinese authorities.
The move will see Chinese repertoire included in CLA licences; Chinese publishers and authors will receive monies collected through CLA licences as part of the distributions cycle.
The agreement was signed by Kevin Fitzgerald of CLA and Hongbo Zhang of CWWCS on 2 September at an event hosted by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister for Intellectual Property, and Vice Minister Yan Xiaohong of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC).
Yan Xiaohong said in a recent press release:
“It will encourage more Chinese writers and publishers to produce more high quality copyright works appealing to foreigners, and guarantee their economic benefits. Also, it will serve as a trailblazer for more agreements of its kind to be signed with copyright collective management agencies in other countries and regions of the world. Eventually, this kind of cooperation will boost Chinese cultural exports.”
The full CLA press release is available here.