The number of cases of copyright infringement has decreased slightly compared with last year. The number of young people prosecuted for copyright infringement has also declined considerably compared to 2008.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Supreme Prosecutors' Office said that 89,410 cases of copyright infringement were received last year.
Complaints were filed in 4,023 cases, representing just 5% of the total, and dismissed in 24,702 cases. The prosecution denied the authority to institute a public prosecution in 27,150 cases, suspended the indictment in 24,676 cases, and handled the other 8,859 cases according to the applicable rules. The number of cases received fell by 1,569 (from 90,979) in 2008.
On the other hand, cases of copyright infringement by young people increased by 216 to 22,169, while the number of young people actually indicted declined significantly from 118 cases in 2008 to only 17 in 2009.
Of the total, indictment was dismissed in 13,707 cases, no authority was given to institute a public prosecution in 2,936 cases, and indictment was suspended in 4,243 cases.
The Ministry attributed the decline in indictments against young people to the expanded implementation of the Dismissal of Complaints against Youth Program and the Conditional Suspension of Indictment upon Completion of the Copyright Education Session Program, which were introduced in March last year to prevent the "mass production" of young ex-convicts due to the abusive filing of complaints by law firms.
The Ministry has decided to implement the Fair Use program, which will expand the scope of lawful use of copyright as early as possible within this year. In conjunction with this program, the Dismissal of Complaints against Youth Program - initially scheduled to be run by the end of February - will be extended for another year.
The Conditional Suspension of Indictment upon Completion of the Copyright Education Session Program will also remain effective throughout this year.
Copyrights of videos were the most frequently infringed, accounting for 36.8% of the total number of infringement cases, followed by music at 33.5%. Copyright infringements occurred most frequently on blogs and in Internet cafes (40.2%), followed by P2P sites (27.6%) and web hard (23.8%). 63% of all complaints were filed by law firms, while actual copyright owners and copyright management organizations filed only 17% and 14.1% of the total number of complaints, respectively.
Source: Financial News