Notice Concerning Strictly Attacking Unlawful Import of Audiovisual Products

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(CMM No. (2006)1355)

 

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture offices (bureaus), Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Culture Bureau, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing culture market law enforcement teams:

Recently, a number of audiovisual publishing and distribution work units have gravely violated State laws and regulations concerning audiovisual product import, by without approval, unlawfully publishing and distributing imported audiovisual products in ways such as block printing and numbering. A number of those unlawfully published and distributed imported audiovisual products contain content prohibited by State regulations. These unlawful activities of unauthorized import of foreign audiovisual products both gravely disorders audiovisual market order, and gravely violates State culture import management systems, endangers national cultural security, and must be strictly prohibited, and determinedly investigated and prosecuted. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:

 

I, A desirable audiovisual product import order is both beneficial to the speedy development of the domestic national  audiovisual industry, and is also beneficial to our country’s implementation of international commitments, and protecting national cultural security. All localities and all relevant entities and audiovisual publishing and distribution work units must give high regard to State culture import management work, earnestly implement all management regulations, persist in keeping the “Cultural Gate”, safeguard national cultural security and interest.

 

II, Imported foreign (including our country’s Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions’) audiovisual product, must be approved by the Ministry of Culture. Audiovisual products imported without Ministry of Culture approval, are unlawful audiovisual products without exception.

 

III, From 20 July 2006 until the end of the year, concentrated clean-up, investigation and prosecution is conducted against activities involving unlawfully published and distributed imported audiovisual products, and all sorts of unlawful import activities are determinedly attacked.

From 20 July until 20 August is the first phase, publishing and distributing work units engaging in audiovisual product import business conduct self-examination and self-rectification, and on their own accord clean up audiovisual products imported in violation of laws or regulations, all unlawful business activities are stopped, and imported audiovisual products suspected to be unlawful are returned for registration and sealing, and afterwards submitted to the provincial, autonomous region or municipal culture office (bureau) for destruction.

From 20 august until the end of the year is the second phase, all audiovisual publishing and distribution work units discovered to continue to deal in unlawful audiovisual products, will be without exception gravely punished according to the law, acceptance of import applications will be stopped, cessation of business for rectification up until cancelling audiovisual business permits are imposed, and they are reported for criticism in the entire sector.

 

IV, From 20 August, the Ministry of Culture and all local administrative culture law enforcement organs will conduct daily inspection of a number of audiovisual product publishing and distribution work units. Publishing and distribution work units engaging in import business must prepare relevant import documents, in preparation for examination.

 

V, The Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department prints a catalogue of all audiovisual products approved for import by the Ministry of Culture, and opens a special column on the China Cultural Market Website (www.ccm.gov.cn) audiovisual and film channel. All those not conforming to the characteristics of the announced imported audiovisual product catalogue, will be investigated, confiscated and punished by administrative culture market law enforcement organs according to the law. At the same time, all localities’ work progress circumstances will also be reported in the special column.

 

VI, All levels’ administrative culture market law enforcement organs must pay high regard to attacking unlawful import work, and deploy these work matters together with the important content of the Central Propaganda Department and Ministry of Culture-deployed cultural market “Anti-Piracy Hundred Days Campaign” and the Ministry of Culture-deployed cultural market concentrated law enforcement season campaign, guide and organize local audiovisual publishing and distribution work units to strictly conduct self-examination and self-rectification, and rapidly correct, investigate and prosecute work units not developing work according to relevant regulations or going against the wind and committing offences.

 

VII, Guangdong, Anhui, Guangxi, Heilongjiang, and Shandong provincial (regional) culture offices must specially research and resolve local the problem of local audiovisual publishing and distribution work units unlawful import, and report the work plan before 1 August to the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department. All localities investigating and prosecuting cases involving audiovisual publishing and distribution work units from other provinces (regions, municipalities), must timely communicate with the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department and local relevant management entities, not leaving transferring space to unlawful operators, and persistently attack and eliminate unlawfully imported “black sheep”, promoting a swift turn for the better in imported audiovisual product business order.

All localities are requested to timely report the situations of the first phase of self-examination and self-rectification and the second phase of law enforcement inspection as well as investigation and prosecution of large and major cases, etc., to the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department. Telephone: 010-65551896, Fax: 010-65551880, e-mail: xiaoyongli4827@sina.com

 

It is hereby notified

Ministry of Culture

 

14 July 2006

 

文化部关于严厉打击违法进口音像制品的通知

(文市函〔2006〕1355号)

各省、自治区、直辖市文化厅(局),新疆生产建设兵团文化局,北京、上海、重庆市文化市场行政执法总队:
近来,部分音像出版发行单位严重违反国家有关音像制品进口的法律法规,以套版套号等方式,未经批准,违法出版发行进口音像制品。其中一些违法出版发行的进口音像制品含有国家规定的禁止内容。这些擅自进口境外音像制品的违法行为既严重扰乱音像市场秩序,又严重破坏国家文化进口管理制度,危及国家文化安全,必须严厉禁止,坚决查处。现将有关事项通知如下:
一、良好的音像制品进口秩序既有利于国内民族音像产业的快速发展,也有利于我国履行国际承诺,保护国家文化安全。各地、各有关部门和音像出版发行单位要高度重视国家文化进口管理工作,认真执行各项管理法规,坚决把好“文化海关”,维护国家文化安全和利益。
二、进口境外(含我国港澳台地区)音像制品,必须经文化部批准。未经文化部批准进口的音像制品,一律为违法音像制品。
三、从2006年7月20日起至年底,对所有涉及违法出版发行进口音像制品的行为,依法进行集中清理和查处,坚决打击各种违法进口行为。
7月20日至8月20日为第一阶段,由从事音像制品进口经营的出版发行单位进行自查自纠,自行清理违法违规进口的音像制品,停止一切违法经营行为,并将涉嫌违法的进口音像制品回收登记、封存后,交省、自治区、直辖市文化厅(局)销毁。
自8月20日起至年底为第二阶段,凡发现音像出版发行单位继续违法进口音像制品,一律依法从严处罚,停止受理进口申请,停业整顿直至吊销音像经营许可证,并在全行业通报批评。
四、8月20日起,文化部及各地文化行政执法机构将对部分音像出版发行单位的进口经营活动进行日常检查。从事进口经营的出版发行单位要备齐有关进口文件,以备核查。
五、文化部文化市场司将印发所有经文化部批准进口的音像制品目录,并在中国文化市场网(www.ccm.gov.cn)音像电影频道上开辟专栏予以公布。凡与公布的进口音像制品目录特征不符的,一律由文化市场行政执法机构依法查缴处罚。同时还将在专栏中及时发布各地工作进展情况。
六、各级文化市场行政执法机构要高度重视打击违法进口工作,并把这项工作作为中宣部、文化部部署的音像市场“反盗版百日行动”和文化部部署的文化市场集中执法季行动的重要内容一并部署,领导和组织当地音像出版发行单位严格进行自查自纠,对不按有关规定开展工作或顶风作案单位,迅速纠正和查处。
七、广东、安徽、广西、黑龙江、山东省(区)文化厅要专题研究解决当地音像出版、发行单位违法进口问题,并把工作方案于8月1日前报送文化部文化市场司。各地查处案件涉及其他省(区、市)音像出版发行单位的,要及时与文化部文化市场司和当地有关管理部门沟通,不给违法经营者留下腾挪空间,坚决打击和清除违法进口的“害群之马”,推动进口音像制品经营秩序快速好转。
请各地把第一阶段自查自纠和第二阶段执法检查以及查处的重大案件等情况及时报送文化部文化市场司。联系电话:010-65551896,传真:010-65551880,E-mail:xiaoyongli4827@sina.com
特此通知。
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