SARFT Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Internet Broadcast of Television Dramas

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On 28 December, SARFT issued the “SARFT Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Internet Broadcast of Television Dramas” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureau and the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps radio, film and television bureau, the Notice states that presently, there are a number of television dramas suspected to be infringing and pirating, containing content violating social morels, that is pornographic and obscene and even endangers State security. In order to promote the great development and great flourishing of Socialist culture, construct a Socialist core values system, disseminate advanced Socialist culture, carry forward excellent traditional culture, according to relevant provisions of the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations, hereby, the following construction and management problems concerning Internet broadcast of television dramas (including domestic and foreign films, television dramas, cartoons as well as their corresponding audiovisual products, hereafter the same) are notified as follows:

I, Adapted to the requirements of Internet development, striving to raise television drama production and network provision capacity. All levels’ radio, film and television bureaus must vigorously guide and encourage film and television programme production organs to produce more television dramas with positive and healthy content suitable for Internet dissemination. Making positive and healthy network audiovisual programmes hold a guiding position, promoting and accelerating our country’s Internet audiovisual service industry’s construction and development.

II, Strengthening Internet dissemination of television drama management. It is necessary to abide by the special characteristics and rules of the Internet, according to the requirements of the construction of Socialist advanced culture, strengthening guidance, making duties explicit, implementing tasks, realistically strengthening Internet dissemination of television drama management, spurring development with management, spurring flourishing with development. Television dramas used for Internet dissemination, must conform to corresponding radio, film and television management regulations, obtain a “Film Public Screening Permit”, “Television Drama Distribution Permit” or “Television Cartoon Distribution Permit” issued by SARFT according to the law, and at the same time obtain network distribution authorization from the copyright holder. Theoretical or historical film and television programme used for Internet dissemination must obtain a “Theoretical or Historical Film or Television Programme Broadcast Permit” issued by SARFT. Domestic and foreign films not having obtained a “Film Public Screening Permit”, domestic and foreign television dramas not having obtained a “Television Drama Distribution Permit”, domestic and foreign cartoons not having obtained a “Television Cartoon Distribution Permit” and domestic and foreign theoretical or historical films and television programmes not having obtained a “Theoretical or Historical Film pr Television Programme Broadcast Permit” may without exception not be disseminated through the Internet.

III, Realistically expanding management strength, striving to purify the network environment. All levels’ radio, film and television bureaus must administer according to the law, scrupulously fulfil their duties, expand management strength, create a beneficial network environment for development and construction of the Internet audiovisual programme service industry. In the near future, the following work will be launched:

(1) Energetically launching propaganda for protection of minors’ lawful rights and interests, to resist network sexual programmes consciously. All localities must organize and guide all sorts of media, such as radio, film, newspapers, periodicals, the network, etc., expand propaganda strength concerning the social danger brought about by on-line broadcast of television dramas containing harmful content such as obscenity, pornography, etc., vigorously initiate a healthy and civilized network audiovisual culture, guide the masses and especially minors in resisting and staying far away from every kind of harmful audiovisual programme on their own initiative. Through many kinds of methods, conducting propaganda and explanation on corresponding radio, film and television regulations such as the “Radio and Television Management Regulations”, “Film Management Regulations”, “internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations”, etc. educating audiovisual service business organs that they are prohibited to broadcast online television dramas containing content prohibited by Article 16 of the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” such as reactionary and damaging, obscene and pornographic, violent and vulgar, infringing and piracy content, etc., educating netizens that it is necessary to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of copyright holders in uploading television dramas, raising the law-compliance and law-abiding consciousness of the Internet industry, providing a healthy and civilized network activity space for the broad minors.

(2) Strengthening Internet site management, launching audiovisual services according to the law. All localities’ radio, film and television bureau must strengthen guidance, make responsibilities explicit, implement tasks, through many kind of methods transmit SARFT management requirements to websites in their jurisdiction, they must earnestly achieve that website legal person representatives and the telecommunications enterprises’ branch office persons in charge at all levels know very well and grasp corresponding management regulations and management requirements. All levels must organize strength, break through in focal points, do a one-time complete special on-the-ground examination of network audiovisual programme organs in their jurisdictions, focus on examining whether or not network audiovisual programme service organs’ on-line broadcasted television dramas conform to corresponding regulations, and whether or not the organ holds an “Information Network Dissemination of Audiovisual Programmes Permit”.

(3) Focusing on attacking activities of broadcasting of infringing and pirated television dramas, as well as those containing harmful content such as obscenity and pornography. All localities must expand control strength over network programme content, television dramas of which the content is discovered not to conform to regulations or touching upon infringement and piracy, must be immediately ordered to be removed. Where obscene and pornographic television dramas are broadcasted, according to the “Work Plan of the Special Campaign Attacking Network Obscenity and Pornography according to the Law”, it will be timely reported to the Public Security organs of that locality to organize tidying up; where it involves on-line illegality and criminality, the public security will file for handling according to statutory procedures. Concerning Internet audiovisual service business organs with slack internal programme management systems, and relatively large hidden safety dangers, where piracy and content-related problems appear regularly in broadcasted programmes, it is necessary to conduct focus rectification and improvement. Where circumstances are grave, and the impenitent do not rectify, it is necessary to, according to the requirements of the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations”, it is requested that the telecommunications management entities impose punishment according to the law.

All provincial radio, film and television bureaus are requested to report the circumstances of implementation and promotion timely to the SARFT social management department.

广电总局关于加强互播影视剧管理的通知

12月28日,广电总局向各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视局,新疆生产建设兵团广播电视局发出《广电总局关于加强互联网传播影视剧管理的通知》,通知说,目前,有一些涉嫌侵权盗版、含有有违社会道德、色情淫秽甚至危害国家安全内容的影视剧在互联网上传播。为推动社会主义文化大发展大繁荣,建设社会主义核心价值体系,传播社会主义先进文化,弘扬优秀传统文化,根据《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》的有关规定,现就互联网传播影视剧(含境内外电影片、电视剧、动画片及其相应的音像制品,下同)的建设和管理问题,通知如下:
  一、适应互联网发展需要,努力提高影视剧生产和网络供给能力。各级广电局要积极引导并鼓励影视节目制作机构多生产适合在互联网上传播的内容积极健康的影视剧。使积极健康的网络视听节目占据主导地位,推动和加快我国互联网视听服务产业的建设和发展。
  二、加强互联网传播影视剧管理。要遵循互联网的特点和规律,按照社会主义先进文化建设的要求,加强领导、明确职责、落实任务,切实加强互联网传播影视剧的管理,以管理促发展,以发展促繁荣。用于互联网传播的影视剧,必须符合广播电影电视管理的有关规定,依法取得国家广电总局颁发的《电影片公映许可证》、《电视剧发行许可证》或《电视动画片发行许可证》,同时获得著作权人的网络播映授权。用于互联网传播的理论文献影视片须获得国家广电总局颁发的《理论文献影视片播映许可证》。未取得《电影片公映许可证》的境内外电影片、未取得《电视剧发行许可证》的境内外电视剧、未取得《电视动画片发行许可证》的境内外动画片以及未取得《理论文献影视片播映许可证》的理论文献影视片一律不得在互联网上传播。
  三、切实加大管理力度,努力净化网络环境。各级广电局要依法行政,恪尽职守,加大管理力度,为发展和建设互联网视听节目服务产业创造良好的网络环境。在近期内开展以下工作:
  (一)大力开展保护未成年人合法权益的宣传,自觉抵制网络色情节目。各地要组织和引导广播、电视、报刊及网络等各种媒体,加大对含有淫秽色情等有害内容影视剧在网上传播所带来的社会危害性的宣传力度,积极倡导健康文明的网络视听文化,引导公众特别是未成年人自觉抵制和远离各种有害视听节目。通过多种方式对《广播电视管理条例》、《电影管理条例》、《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》等相关广播影视法规进行宣传和解读,教育视听服务从业机构不得在网上传播含有反动有害、淫秽色情、暴力低俗、侵权盗版等《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》第16条禁止传播内容的影视剧,教育网民上传影视剧要自觉维护著作权人的合法权益,提高互联网行业的遵法、守法意识,为广大未成年人提供健康文明的网络活动空间。
  (二)加强互联网站管理,依法开展视听服务。各地广电局要加强领导、明确职责、落实任务,通过多种方式向本辖区内网站传达总局管理要求,要努力做到让网站法人代表和本地电信企业各级分公司负责人熟知、掌握相关管理规定和管理要求。各地要组织力量、突出重点,对本辖区内的网络视听节目服务机构做一次全面专项实地检查,重点检查网络视听节目服务机构网上传播的影视剧是否符合相关规定,机构是否持有《信息网络传播视听节目许可证》。
  (三)重点打击传播侵权盗版及含有淫秽色情等有害内容影视剧的行为。各地要加大对网上节目内容的监控力度,发现内容不符合规定或涉及侵权盗版的影视剧,要立即责令撤掉。对传播淫秽色情影视剧的,按照《依法打击网络淫秽色情专项行动工作方案》,及时通报当地公安机关组织清理;涉及网络违法犯罪的,由公安机关按法定程序立案处理。对于内部节目管理制度松懈、安全隐患较大、播出节目经常出现盗版和内容方面问题的互联网视听服务从业机构,要对其进行重点整改。对情节严重、屡教不改的,要按照《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》第25条规定,请电信管理部门依法予以查处。
  请各省广电局将贯彻推进情况及时报国家广电总局社会管理司。

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