Administration of Press and Publications
All provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city press and publications bureaus, all publishers nationwide:
In order to effectively attack illegal publishing activities and make it convenient to correctly determine and suppress illegal publications, hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:
1, The Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate “Notice concerning Summarizing and Transmitting the ‘Minutes of the Work Conference on Investigating and Prosecuting Illegal and Criminal Publishing Activities According to the Law'” clearly provides that “All newspapers, periodicals, books, audio tapes, video tapes, etc., that are not printed by State-approved publishing work units and are openly distributed in society, are illegal publications.” This sort of illegal publications mainly has the following forms:
“publications printed under the false name of a publishing work unit that does not exist at all;”
“publications printed by misappropriating the name of a State-approved publishing work unit;”
“publications that pirate lawful publications and are openly distributed in society;”
“publications that are openly distributed in society, that are not signed with a publishing work unit or signed by a non-publishing work unit;”
“publications where the printing contractor, with the aim of obtaining illegal profit, increases the print or production run without authorization;”
“publications by members of publications work units that were ordered to be disbanded, that are reprinted with authorization or published under the name of the original editorial department'”
“other publications printed by non-publishing work unit for open distribution.”
Furthermore, on the basis of the provisions of the CCP Central Committee Secretariat and the State Council Secretariat “Notice concerning Rectifying and Cleaning Up the Book, Newspaper, Periodical and Audiovisual Markets, and Strictly Attacking Criminal Activities” (ZBF No. (1989)13), publications printed by “selling book numbers or editorial numbers, or those engaging in publishing speculation activities by violating regulations on cooperative publishing, printing or distribution contracting,” shall be considered as illegal publications.
2, All illegal publications are to be determined without exception by the Administration of Press and Publications or the provincial-level press and publications bureau, and ordered to be suppressed.
3, Publications published and printed by misappropriating the name of central-level publishing work units, are determined and ordered to be suppressed by the Administration of Press and Publications; publications published and printed by misappropriating the name of local publishing work units are determined and ordered to be suppressed by the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the locality of the publishing work unit; other illegal publications, once they are discovered, are determined and ordered to be suppressed by the local provincial-level press and publications bureau.
4, Publishing work units or other relevant work units are individuals shall, when requesting administrative press and publications management departments to determine and ban illegal publications, simultaneously submit a specimen of the publication in question. Where it concerns misappropriation of the name of the publishing work unit or piracy of legitimate publications, a specimen of both the illegal and the legitimate versions shall be submitted together, to act as a basis for determination by the administrative management department. Administrative press and publications management departments should, when issuing notifications of suppressions, as far as possible concretely list the characteristics of illegal publications and the differences with the corresponding legitimate publications, so that it is easy for relevant departments to distinguish them.