REGULATIONS OF COPYRIGHT DISPUTE MEDIATION
Approved by Executive Yuan on August 11, 1992 per Memorandum No. Tai-(81)-Yen-Tsung-Tzu 3990; Promulgated by Ministry of Interior on August 28, 1992 per Letter No. Tai-(81)-Nei-Chu-Tzu 8183016.
These Regulations are enacted pursuant to the provisions of Article 83 of Copyright Law (hereinafter referred to as "this Law").
With any of the following situations, a party may apply to the competent authority for mediation in accordance with these Regulations:
1. Disputes over royalties between a copyright intermediary association and the user.
2. Disputes over copyright or plate-right.
Where the disputes referred to in Item 2 of the preceding Paragraph are involved with criminal offenses, the mediation thereof should be restricted to the cases which could be prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor upon complaints initiated by the victim.
This dispute mediation provided by the preceding Article shall be mediated by one to three Members designated by Copyright Examination and Mediation Committee (hereinafter referred to as Mediation Member) of the Ministry of Interior according to the nature of incident or the category of works.
The application for mediation by a party should be made in writing, indicate the following items, and be signed or sealed by the party or his/her Agent:
1. The names, gender, age, occupation and domicile or residence of the party; the name and office or business place of a party where the party is a government authority, school, corporation or other juridical persons or organizations.
2. If the party has a statutory representative or an agent, the agent's name, gender, age occupation, domicile or residence.
3. The incidents for mediation.
4. Issues of the dispute.
Duplicates of the written application set forth in the preceding Paragraph should be made one duplicate per person of the other party.
Where a Party appoints an agent, it should present a Letter Power of Attorney.
Where the agent is changed or discharged, the principal should give a written notice to the competent authority.
When the competent authority accepts the application for mediation, it should send the duplicates of the written application for mediation to the other party and notify the other party that they shall express, by a deadline, whether they would proceed with mediation; failure to express such would be deemed as refusal of mediation.
Where a party's application for mediation is concurred by the other party, the competent authority should bring this case to the Copyright Examination and Mediation Committee of the Ministry of Interior for mediation.
Regarding the application for mediation, unless the mediation is refused by the other party as provided by Article 6, the competent authority should designate a mediation date and notify the parties or their agent to be present.
The other party may submit written opinions to the competent authority before the mediation date.
A party or his agent's absence on the mediation date without reasonable justifications shall be deemed to be that the mediation is not concluded. Nevertheless, if the competent authority considers that it is hopeful to reach a mediation, it may set another mediation date.
Mediation proceedings shall be conducted by Mediation Members at a place designated by the competent authority, which may be unopen to the public.
Mediation may still be proceeded with even if only one Mediation Member set forth in the preceding Paragraph attends the mediation.
Where the matters to be mediated are involved with Mediation Member himself or his cohabitants, the Mediation Member should withdraw from this mediation upon a party's request.
Both parties may appoint one to three persons to attend the mediation meeting to assist in mediation.
Upon approval by the competent authority, an interested third party may participate in the mediation proceedings; the competent authority may also directly notify the interested party to participate.
The interested third party of the preceding Paragraph may be joined as one of the parties with his/her own consent and the consent of both parties.
The Mediation Member, the attendants or participants of a mediation meeting, and/or the persons who have handled the mediation affairs should keep confidential the incidents being mediated, except those matters having been open to the public.
Mediation Members should ask the opinions of both parties, give adequate advice to the parties, and proceed with the mediation by taking the actual situations and key issues into account.
When mediation agreement is reached, the competent authority should prepare a written agreement of mediation, indicating the following items, and the said agreement shall be signed or sealed by the parties or their agents, the Mediation Members and relevant attendants.
1. The party’s name, gender, age, occupation and domicile or residence; the name, office or business place where the party is a government authority, school, corporation, or other juridical persons or organizations.
2. Where the Party has a statutory representative or an agent, the agent's name, gender, age, occupation and domicile or residence.
3. Where there is an interested person participating in the mediation, the person's name, occupation, domicile or residence.
4. The names, occupation and domicile or residence of the Mediation Members and of the attendants of the mediation.
5. The incidents for mediation.
6. The contents of the mediation agreement.
7. The place where the mediation is concluded.
8. The date when the mediation is concluded.
The original copies of the written agreement of mediation set forth in the preceding Paragraph should be sent to the parties and the interested persons who participated in the mediation, within fifteen days starting from the date when the mediation is concluded.
When the mediation is concluded, the mediation agreement shall be deemed as a contract between the parties.
These Regulations shall come into force from the date of promulgation.
This translation is provided by the Ministry of Interior, the then competent authority of the Copyright Law.