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Notes on Copyright law in the People's Republic of China.

Chinese government documents are all public domain. Article 5 of Chinese copyright law exempts all Chinese government and judicial documents, and their official translations, from copyright.

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


根据《中华人民共和国著作权法》第五条,中华人民共和国法律、法规,国家机关的决议、决定、命令和其他具有立法、行政、司法性质的文件,及其官方正式译文不适用于该法。作品在中华人民共和国大陆和其他地区属于公有领域

第五条 本法不适用于:

(一)法律、法规,国家机关的决议、决定、命令和其他具有立法、行政、司法性质的文件,及其官方正式译文;
(二)时事新闻;
(三)历法、通用数表、通用表格和公式。