法 規 報 導
Results of the Government Information Office Investigations of the Video Rental Industry in November 2000
In November 2000, the Government Information Office (GIO) and local government agencies jointly made 89 investigations of MTV parlors. (Sixty-two of these investigations were made after 8 p.m.) They also made 238 investigations of video rental shops and 31 investigations of other business establishments. These investigations resulted in the seizure of 340 illegal videotapes and 1838 illegal laser disks, and 66 videotapes that had exceeded their dates of authorization. Seven cases were referred to district court prosecutors on suspicion of violating rights and public morals. Twenty cases were subject to administrative sanctions under the Broadcasting and Television Law.
In addition, two cases were referred by the Foundation for the Protection of Film and Video Works and the Film Industry Anti-Piracy Working Committee to prosecutors on suspicion of right infringement on the basis of information supplied by the GIO.
Government Information Office Uncovers 28 Illegal Cable TV Stations in November 2000
In November 2000, the Government Information Office (GIO) and local government agencies jointly investigated 158 cable TV operators. (Thirty-six of these investigations were made after 8 p.m.) The investigations included 47 investigations of primary broadcast facilities and 111 investigations of secondary broadcast facilities. The investigations of primary broa-
dcast facilities resulted in 1 case of suspected violations of programming regulations and 1 case of suspected violations of advertising regulatio-
ns. The 111 investigations of secondary broadcast facilities resulted in 8 cases of suspected violations of programming regulations and 18 cases of suspected violation of advertising regulations.
The GIO also handled 283 cases of consumer compla-
ints alleging violations by cable TV operators in November 2000. This total included 14 programming complaints, 49 advertising complaints, 77 subs-
cription fee cases, and 143 right protection cases.
3.Results of IPR Protection Work by the National Police Administration in November 2000
In November 2000, the National Police Adminis-
tration handled IPR-related investigations resulting in the referral of 451 cases involving 527 defendants to district court prosecutors on suspicion of infringement. Of these 451 cases, 73 defendants in 58 cases were suspected of trademark infringement, 18 defendants in 12 cases were suspected of patent infringement, and 436 defendants in 381 cases were suspected of copyright infringement. The total street value of counterfeit products seized during the inves-
tigations was estimated to be NT$117,262,936.
司 法 報 導
Courts Sentence 28 Persons to at Least One Year in IPR Cases in November 2000
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Justice, of 276 defendants in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases in November 2000, 168 persons were sentenced to jail terms, received detention, or were fined. Of the defendants sentenced to jail terms, 98 persons were sentenced to less than six months. Of these 98 persons, 3 were convicted of infr-
inging U.S.-owned intellectual property. Eight persons were sentenced to no less than six months but no more than one year. Of these 8 persons, 2 were convicted of infringing U.S.-owned in-
tellectual property. Thirty-seven persons were sentenced to no less than one year but no more than two years, of which 2 were convicted of infringing U.S.-owned intellectual property. Two persons were sentenced to no less than two years but no more than three years. One person was sentenced to more than five years. Fourteen persons received detention.