4 February 1983
Ministry of Radio and Television, State Administration of Industry and Commerce
All provincial, municipal and autonomous region broadcast undertaking bureaus, industry and commerce management bureaus
The Ministry of Radio and Television formulated the “Provisional Audio and Video Product Management Regulations”, which have been approved in principle by the State Council, notified as document GF No. 154 on 23 December 1982, and issued to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments. Audiovisual products are different from normal entertainment products, they are audiovisual publications with ideological content, and have a direct influence on the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization. At present, activities of wilful duplication, sale and illegal peddling of audiovisual products still exist in society. According to the relevant requirements of the “Provisional Regulations”, all localities’ broadcast undertaking bureaus and administrative industry and commerce management departments must closely cooperate, strengthen management and rectification of the production and sale of audiovisual products. To this end, the following is notified:
I, Duplication and production work units that have been approved in the past and issued with business licenses, including for-customer duplication service work units and individual businesses, shall all be re-examined and verified according to the application conditions and the examination and approval procedure in the “Provisional Regulations”. Those who are not granted approval, shall immediately cease this line of business and cease duplication work. Those in violation shall have their products confiscated by the administrative industry and commerce management department, and when necessary, responsibility may also be investigated, and punishment imposed in consideration of the circumstances. Those who do not apply for registration and conduct duplication activities without authorization, shall be firmly punished.
II, Audiovisual products where the audiovisual publishing work unit and the reproduction work unit are not indicated, shall no longer be purchased by sales work units, including State-run and collective stores and individually-run selling points from the date this Notice is issued; existing stock shall be exhausted within three months, after this time, it may no longer be sold. Where there are violations, the administrative industry and commerce management department imposes punishment.
III, Whether or not all audiovisual product sales points must restructure and register is decided by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal broadcast undertaking bureaus and administrative industry and commerce management bureaus. If restructuring is necessary, attention shall be paid to benefiting the convenience of the masses’ purchases, and broadening sales.
IV, Illegal activities of peddling audiovisual products must be firmly banned, where reactionary, pornographic, vulgar and other banned content is discovered, it is to be timely handed over to Public Security and judicial departments for processing according to the law.
V, After this Notice is issued, it must, together with the spirit of the “Provisional Regulations” be timely transmitted to the production and sales work units of audiovisual products, and propaganda and explanation work must be done well.