Provisional Film Videotape Distribution Management Rules

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In order to strengthen film videotape publication work management, according to the film distribution and projection management system endorsed in State Council document no. (1979)198 and the “Imported Films Management Rules” approved by document No. (81)SR156, as well as the provisions of NDC document no. (1982)154 concerning “film videotape products distribution will still be the responsibility of the film distribution entities”, and integrating the present realistic situation, these Rules are formulated.

I, All distributed films and their videotapes and laser discs, shall be imported and published by China Film Distribution and Projection Company (simply named China Film Company), and distributed by all film distribution and projection companies in the entire country. Without authorization or transfer from the publication work unit, any other work unit may not publish or distribute films, videotapes and laser discs.

II, All film enterprises or reproduction work units newly opening for business must be approved by the controlling authority, and possess a business licence issued by the administrative industry and commerce entity of their locality, to begin business. Films and film videotape distribution and projection business, is operating the differential distribution and projection of identical products (viz., films), all film distribution enterprises and projection work units having a film operation business licence, do not need to apply for another business licence.

III, Film enterprises publishing and distributing film videotapes, must implement the principles of serving the people, serving socialism and all relevant policies. All published and distributed film videotapes must be passed through examination by the Ministry of Culture Film Bureau, on the videotape must be printed a “Projection Permit” and the name of the publication and distribution work units, and have already bought or obtained publishing rights for that film, otherwise, publication, distribution or projection shall, without exception, not be permitted.

IV, Film videotape distribution and projection is a component and supplement to film distribution and projection, it benefits to the development of film education, knowledge and entertainment functions. Therefore, it is necessary to coordinate well the relation between both, prevent mutual damage or neutralizing forces. Domestically produced new films shall in general be published and distributed on videotape half a year after public screening. Considering the real situation that there are not enough programmes after the projection stop of a large batch of illegally entered Hong Kong, Taiwan and foreign video, a number of imported films may be first turned into videotapes for distribution, or distributed as specialized video programme.

V, Film videotapes published and distributed by China Film Company, shall be distributed through film distribution channels to all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and single cities, implementing a yearly and monthly planned supply. It is necessary to carry out propaganda work and propaganda products provision work like with films.

VI, Film videotapes distribution manner and price settlement shall benefit management and copyright protection, as well start of from the zeal of developing all facets, and formulated by China Film Company. Distribution methods and price settlement for lower than province level, shall be formulated by all provincial, municipal and autonomous region film distribution and projection companies, and reported to China Film Company for filing.

Ticket prices and rental prices for video operations, may be formulated by each locality according to the local concrete situation.

VII, All local film enterprises and projection work units, must implement notices from the Ministry of Culture Film Bureau and China Film Company to stop projection of or edit film videotapes, as well as a reporting system for the film videotape sector. All reproduction work units shall guarantee the reproduction quality of film videotapes.

VIII, To work units and individuals violating these Rules, according to the respective circumstances, punishment shall be imposed. To those publishing, duplicating or infringing copyright in violation of regulations, local administrative industry and commerce entities are requested to confiscate their illegal videotapes and illegal gains, order compensation of economic damage and impose a fine of 1 to 5 times. To those violating criminal law, judicial organs are requested to deal with according to the law; for common activities breaching regulations, all localities’ administrative culture entity is requested to take responsibility for punishment.

影片录像带发行管理暂行办法

为了加强影片录像带出版发行工作的管理,根据国务院国发〔1979〕198号文件批转的电影发行放映管理体制、〔81〕国函字156号文件批复的《进口影片管理办法》,以及国发〔1982〕154号文件关于“影片录像制品的出版发行,仍由电影发行部门负责”的规定,并结合当前的实际情况,制订本办法。
一、凡发行的影片及其录像带和激光视盘,统由中国电影发行放映公司(简称中影公司)进口和出版,全国各电影发行放映公司发行。非经出版单位授权或转让,其他任何单位不得出版、发行电影录像带和电影视盘。
二、凡新开业经营影片录像带的电影企业或放像单位,均须经主管部门批准,并领有当地工商行政管理部门发给的营业执照,始得营业。影片和影片录像带的发行、放映业务,是经营同一产品(即影片)的不同发行、放映方式,凡已领有经营影片营业执照的电影发行企业和放映单位,可不另行申请营业执照。
三、出版发行影片录像带的电影企业,必须贯彻执行为人民服务、为社会主义服务的方针和各项有关的政策。凡出版发行的影片录像带,须经文化部电影局审查通过,在录像带上印有“上映许可证”和出版发行单位的名称,并已购买或获得该部影片的发行权,否则一律不准出版、发行和放映。
四、影片录像带的发行放映是影片发行放映的组成部分和补充,它有利于发挥影片的教育、认识和娱乐作用。因此,要协调好二者之间的关系,防止相互冲击或抵消力量。国产新片通常应在公映半年以后再出版发行录像带。考虑到当前大批非法流入的港、台、外国录像停映后节目不足的实际情况,一部分进口影片可先制作录像带发行,或做为录像专用节目发行。
五、中影公司出版发行的影片录像带,通过影片发行渠道,面向各省、自治区、直辖市和单列市发行,实行按年度、月度有计划的供应。要像影片那样做好宣传工作和宣传品的供应工作。
六、影片录像带的发行方式和结算价格,应从有利于管理和保护版权,以及从发挥各方面的积极性出发,由中影公司制订。省以下的发行方式和结算价格由各省、市、自治区电影发行放映公司制订,报中影公司备案。
营业录像的票价、租价,可根据当地的具体情况,由各地制订。
七、各地电影企业和放像单位,对于文化部电影局和中影公司下达的停映、删剪影片录像带的通知,以及影片录像业务报表制度,必须执行。各放像单位应保证影片录像带的放映质量。
八、对于违反本办法的有关单位和人员,应分别情况,进行处理。属于违章出版、复制、侵犯版权的,请当地工商行政管理部门没收其非法录像带和非法所得,责令其赔偿经济损失,并处以1至5倍的罚款。触犯刑律的,请司法机关依法处理;属于一般的违纪行为,请各地文化行政部门负责处理。

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