行 政 報 導
Administrative Measures and Enforcement
1.Results of the Government Information Office Investigations of the Video Rental Industry in October 2000
In October 2000, the Government Information Office (GIO) and local government agencies jointly made 95 investigations of MTV parlors. (Sixty-two of these investigations were made after 8 p.m.) They also made 226 investigations of video rental shops and 41 investigations of other business establishments. These investigations resulted in the seizure of 469 illegal videotapes and 5143 illegal laser disks. Fourteen cases were referred to district court prosecutors on suspicion of violating rights and public morals. Nineteen cases were subject to administrative sanctions under the Broadcasting and Television Law.
2.Government Information Office Uncovers 46 Illegal Cable TV Stations in October 2000
In October 2000, the Government Information Office (GIO) and local government agencies jointly investigated 211 cable TV operators. (Fourty-three of these investigations were made after 8 p.m.) The investigations included 53 investigations of primary broadcast facilities and 158 investigations of secondary broadcast facilities. The investigations of primary broadcast facilities resulted in 3 cases of suspected violations of programming regulations and 2 cases of suspected violation of advertising regulations and 1 case of suspected violations of right protection regulations The 158 investigations of secondary broadcast facilities resulted in 2 cases of suspected violations of programming regulations and 38 cases of suspected violations of advertising regulations.
The GIO also handled 291 cases of consumer complaints alleging violations by cable TV operators in October 2000. This total included 26 programming complaints, 47 advertising complaints, 44 subscription fee cases, and 174 right protection cases.
3.Results of IPR Protection Work by the National Police Administration in October 2000
In October 2000, the National Police Administration handled IPR-related investigations resulting in the referral of 443 cases involving 486 defendants to district court prosecutors on suspicion of infringement. Of these 443 cases, 62 defendants in 45 cases were suspected of trademark infringement, 16 defendants in 14 cases were suspected of patent infringement, and 408 defendants in 384 cases were suspected of copyright infringement. The total street value of counterfeit products seized during the investigations was estimated to be NT$446,475,115.
Results of Customs Inspections in the Third Quarter of 2000
司 法 報 導
5.Courts Sentence 28 Persons to at Least One Year in IPR Cases in October 2000
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Justice, of 226 defendants in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases in October 2000, 135 persons were sentenced to jail terms, received detention, or were fined. Of the defendants sentenced to jail terms, 84 persons were sent enced to less than six months. Of these 84 persons, 2 were convicted of infringing U.S.-owned intellectual property. Seven persons were sentenced to no less than six months but no more than one year. Twenty-eight persons were sentenced to no less than one year but no more than two years, of which 1 was convicted of infringing U.S.-owned intellectual property. Twelve persons received detention.