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Debate on Royalties for Dead Is Alive and Well in China

The works of novelist and poet Wang Zengqi, who died in 1997, are the focus of the country’s first-ever lawsuit that seeks to enforce a posthumous copyright. Photo: IC
The works of novelist and poet Wang Zengqi, who died in 1997, are the focus of the country’s first-ever lawsuit that seeks to enforce a posthumous copyright. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — The family of a famous Chinese writer is suing the country’s biggest academic research database for allegedly failing to pay posthumous royalties.

The daughter of Wang Zengqi, a novelist and poet who died in 1997, has accused the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) — an online library for academic works that is widely used by scholars, policymakers and think tanks — of violating her father’s intellectual property rights.

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