Supplementary Explanation concerning Some Concrete Questions in Publisher Rectification of Cooperative Publishing, Printing and Distribution Agency
13 August 1989
Our Administration published the “Notice concerning Nationwide Publisher Rectification of Cooperative Publishing, Printing and Distribution Agency” on 11 July 1989. Hereby, some supplementary explanations concerning some concrete questions in this regard are as follows:
I, Concerning the time scope of rectification
This time, the stress is on investigating and punishing problems that happened since the Central Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications issued the “Some Opinions concerning Present Publishing Reform” on 6 May 1988, and the problems that happened since the Administration of Press and Publications issued the “Supplementary Regulations concerning Cooperative Publishing, Printing and Distribution Agency Reform on 17 January 1989 must be gravely punished. Major problems that happened before May 1988 shall also be investigated and dealt with. For investigation and prosecution, the time where publishers and cooperating partners signed contracts or agreements is taken as the norm; if there is no clear contract or agreement, the publishing date on the colophon page is taken as the norm. If contracts are forged, or the time of contracts or agreements, or other matters, is altered, punishment is aggravated.
II, The content and targets of rectification
Cooperative publishing is limited to a certain scope of books, cooperative publishing is limited to certain partners, cooperative publishing must undergo final examination and proofreading by the publisher, magazines may not be published with book numbers. For all the above varieties, there are provisions in clear texts, violation of any among them means a violation of regulations, and shall be punished; where more items have been violated, it is considered as grave circumstances, and must be heavily punished.
The targets if investigation and prosecution include publishers violating regulations and all work units and individuals participating in cooperative publishing, printing and distribution agency. Where Party and government organs, enterprise and undertaking work units, schools and other departments have violated relevant publishing management regulations and participated in cooperative publishing, they will be included in the investigation and prosecution list.
III, Local gazetteers and Party history material (referring to tasks handed over by the Party History Material Collection Committee) may be considered as academic publications, if they have been published cooperatively, it is permitted to not investigate and prosecute them.
IV, Science and technology dissemination reading materials in the natural sciences, may be published cooperatively, but there have been constant clear regulations that sex knowledge reading materials or science fiction novels may not be published cooperatively.
V, Publishers may not publish pictures, door pictures, New Year pictures or wall calendars with door gods, money gods, Kitchen gods and other superstitious content, this sort of painting may even less be published cooperatively. Clean up publishing of folk traditional art, where the above content is involved, publishers must strictly keep the gate, topic selection must conform to the specialization and work division of the publisher, and matters shall be reported to the controlling ministry or commission, or the local press and publications bureau for approval. Otherwise, it is to be investigated and prosecuted.
VI, Postcards, desk calendars and wall calendars may not be published cooperatively without exception.
VII, Conducting cooperative publishing shall also abide by the principle of publishing books according to specialization and work division (including a slight relaxation concerning topic selection related to the specialization according to regulations). If cooperative publishing has been conducted in violation of the principle of specialization and work division, it shall also be investigated and prosecuted.
VIII, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus must be responsible for grasping rectification work of all publishers in their jurisdictions well, including directly-subordinate publishers, local and city publishers, as well as university publishers within their jurisdictions and other systems’ publishers. In order to convenience management, in the future, topic selection plans of all publishers, apart from being examined and approved by the higher-level controlling department, must at the same time also be reported to the local provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureau and the Administration of Press and Publications for filing, the local press and publications bureau must conduct supervision, and has the power to conduct adjustment over the reported topic selection plans of all publishers in their localities.
IX, Investigation and prosecution of cross-provincial cooperative publishing or book printing and distribution agency, generally is done with the press and publications bureau of the locality of the first party of the cooperative publishing, printing or distribution agency (publisher), the press and publications bureau of the locality of the second party (cooperative side) will cooperate in handling the matter. If the opinions of both sides are different, or difficulties arise during investigation and prosecution, it shall be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for instructions.
X, All publishers’ branch organizations or editorial departments set up in other localities, or covert branch organizations and covert editorial departments, have been constantly not allowed by regulations, during this rectification, they are to be cancelled without exception, their activities violating discipline are to be investigated under the responsibility of the local press and publications bureau, and strictly punished. Punishment decisions are to be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing.
XI, Concerning printing and distribution agency work, the Administration of Press and Publications has on 17 January 1989, issued document no. (89)XCTZ47, which made supplementary regulations. Among these provisions; publishers engaging in printing and distribution agency for books must report this to the controlling department for approval; this must conform to the publishing scope of the publisher, books that are subject to special topic approval procedures are generally not permitted to be subject to printing or distribution agency; publishers and printing or distribution agency work units must sign contracts; printing agency work units must be book printing shops approved by the local press and publications bureau; the printing shop undertaking the printing may not accept books for which printing approval formalities have not been conducted or that violate these Regulations, they may not add to the print run on their own initiative; publishers going to other localities for book printing or distribution agency, must have a certificate written by the press and publications bureau of the locality of the publisher.
All cases of violations of the above Regulations shall be investigated and prosecuted.
XII, Concerning publishers also handling self-funded publishing work, the Ministry of Culture document WCZ No. (85)707 from 7 June 1985 provides: self-funded manuscripts shall conform to the book publishing scope and work division of the publisher, topic selection shall be listed in the annual book publishing plans; self-funded manuscripts are mainly limited to non-profit academic works; in self-funded publishing, the content of the manuscript is the responsibility of the author, but the publisher must be responsible for political inspection, and persist in certain quality requirements; authors and publishers shall establish contract systems.
All cases of violations of the above Regulations shall be investigated and prosecuted.
XIII, Compensation for returned goods. In all cases where the selling work units (including State-run, collective and individual) of investigated and prosecuted books have obtained goods through regular channels, the damages for book storage are the responsibility of the publisher, the publisher may not fine an excuse to refuse payment.
Compensation for returned goods shall be paid under the supervision of all provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus. Work units that refuse to compensate for returned goods are investigated and prosecuted by the local press and publications bureau or the Administration of Press and Publications.
XIV, Cooperative publishing, printing or distribution agency programmes that are currently being conducted, shall be inspected with priority by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus and central first-level publishing controlling departments, if they conform to requirements, they may continue; otherwise, they shall be immediately ceased.
XV, Print shops violating regulations and undertaking the printing of prohibited books or adding to print runs without authorization are to be investigated and prosecuted according to the relevant provisions of the “Provisional Regulations for Printing Industry Management.”.
XVI, Publishers who take the initiative to thoroughly investigate and timely deal with relevant books, and who report truthfully to controlling departments, may be dealt with leniently; those delaying or resisting rectification must be punished severely.