Article 4 The software protected by this Regulation must be independently created by the creator and has been already fixed on any form of tangible medium.
Article 5 The software created by Chinese citizens, legal persons or other organizations shall have copyright under this Regulation, regardless of whether or not it is published.
The software of foreign or stateless persons shall have copyright under this Regulation, if it is first distributed in the territory of China.
The copyright in the software of foreign or stateless persons under the agreements concluded with China by the countries to which the creators belong or in which the creators reside habitually or under the international conventions to which China is a member state shall be protected by this Regulation.
Article 6 Protection for software copyright offered by this Regulation may not be extended to the ideas, processing operations, operating methods or algorithm concepts for creating the software.
Article 7 Software copyright owners may acquire registration from the software registration agencies acknowledged by the copyright administrative department under the State Council. The registration certificate issued by the software registration agencies shall be the preliminary evidence for the registration.
The acquisition of software registration shall be subject to the payment of fees. The fee schedule is to be specified by the copyright administrative department under the State Council in collaboration with the competent department of price under the State Council.