OVERVIEW OF THE TAIWAN COPYRIGHT ACT

Taiwan, an island southeastern of China Mainland, is one of the world’s most densely populated places with over 21 million inhabitants in its 245 mile-length by 89.5 mile-wide territory. The official language in Taiwan is Mandarin but given the United Kingdom influence in China, English is widely spoken in Taiwan. Taiwan GDP (approximately 8% yearly) has steadily increased during the past decades due to Taiwan’s strong foreign trade transactions (especially export dealings); indeed, Taiwan joined the Word Trade Organization (WTO) in 2002. Before joining the WTO in 2002, Taiwan underwent major changes to its already amended 1928 Copyright Act. This article informs on the Taiwan Copyright Act and its most recent changes to comply with the requirements of the TRIPS Agreement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What were the Unexpected Changes Made to the Taiwan Copyright Act before Taiwan Joined the WTO?
What Do Constitute Infringement Under the current Copyright Act?
Are Works of Foreign Nationals Protected under Taiwan Copyright Act?
What is the Term of Protection for Economic Rights under Taiwan Copyright Laws?
How are infringing damages measured under the Taiwan copyright Act?

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