Copyright in the PRC
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Notes on Copyright law in the Peoples Republic of China.
Article 5 This Law shall not be applicable to:
- (1) laws; regulations; resolutions, decisions and orders of State organs; other documents of a legislative, administrative or judicial nature; and their official translations;
- (2) news on current affairs; and
- (3) calendars, numerical tables and forms of general use, and formulas.
It should be noted that, aside from copyright laws, China has some laws which disallow map surveying/production. See China#Legality