China Written Works Copyright Society

CWWCS, China Written Works Copyright Society

A35 Fuchengmenwai Street
Xicheng District
Phone: +86 10 65978906
Fax: +86 10 65978926

Chief Executive:
Director-General : Zhang Hongbo
Chief Executive Phone : +86 10 6597 8908
Chief Executive Email :

President : Chen Jiangong

History of the organisation : CWWCS is the only CMO concerning copyright of written works that has been approved by the Chinese government, and also a First Level National Association regulated by NCAC. CWWCS is the only statutory body for collecting and distributing royalties for reproduction in the press and textbooks (based on statutory licensing), etc. CWWCS also manages the rights difficult to exercise and control for the authors themselves. By negotiating with Google, Baidu, Apple on behalf of Chinese authors and publishers, CWWCS helped many Chinese rightsholders to protect their copyright, which attracted much attention both in China and the rest of the world.
Year of incorporation : 2008
Year of first collection : 2009
Year of first distribution : 2009

Composition of Board
Total number of Board Members : 70
How are Board Members elected : By the General Meeting of Member Representatives
Total number of Author Representatives :8225
Total number of Publisher Representatives :110
Remarks about the Board : The Board of CWWCS convenes its meeting (teleconference if necessary) annually. A new Board is elected by the General Meeting of Member Representatives held every four years.

Total Rights holders represented : 8335
Remarks about the members : 8225 individual members and 110 publisher members

DATES OF FINANCIAL YEAR January 1 - December 31


Type of National legislation :

Civil law : Yes
Common law : No
Other licensing system : 1. Statutory licence: CWWCS is, in accordance with the Chinese Copyright Law, the statutory body for collecting and distributing royalties for reproduction in newspapers, periodicals and textbooks, based on statutory licences. CWWCS has signed agreements with more than 200 newspaper and periodical publishers in China. 2. General licence: CWWCS grants licences of digital rights, reproduction rights, compilation rights, etc from members to users and collects royalties for members. 3. As a literary agent, CWWCS imports and exports translation and publication rights, and engages in licensing adaption rights of film and television works, and written works' use in the stamps.
Mandating rights holders :
1. Members. 2. Non-members mandating separately.


Digital Licences
Types of works licensed: Written works
Types of uses licensed (including, where applicable, course packs,
document delivery and storage): Mobile phones, databases, online reading, e-books, apps, etc.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed : Companies, websites and ICP
Pilot Projects : Amazon China, iReader, Chaoxing Co., Ltd.

Other Licences
Public Lending Rights : No
Other areas of licensing : Translation and publication rights, digital rights, compilation rights, etc. (for publishers)

Outline of Distribution plan and methodology used : Distribution by use of works
Title-specific distribution : Yes
Non title-specific distribution : No
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution : No
Full reporting : No
Sampling : No
Statistical surveys : No
Objective availability : No
Possibility to be copied : No

Other agreements with RROs : Unilateral agreements with CLA, KORRA


Total amount collected for all licensing :
CNY 2,800,000.00 (+/- EUR 395,547.27)

Total amount distributed to national rightsholders :
CNY 2,100,000.00 (+/- EUR 296,660.45)

The exchange rate of 1 January 2016 was applied, being EUR 1= 7.0788 CNY