Notice Concerning Issues Related to Strengthening Management Over Internet Television Programme Services with Television Sets as Receiving Terminal

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On 11 August, SARFT issued the “SARFT Notice Concerning Issues Related to Strengthening Management Over Internet Television Programme Services with Television Sets as Receiving Terminal” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio and Television Bureaus, all departments and bureaus of SARFT organs and all directly subordinate work units, the Notice says that recently, a number of enterprises have, in order to seek for inappropriate economic gain, without approval of the sector controlling authority or authorization of the rights holders, transmitted Internet online audiovisual programmes such as films and television dramas, etc., without authorization and of their own accord to television set terminals for users to watch, which has gravely infringed the lawful rights and interests of copyright holders, and disordered the Internet audiovisual programme dissemination order. In order to standardize corresponding business management, the following requirements are reiterated as follows:

I, For providing audiovisual programme services to television set terminal users using electronic products such as Internet-linked television sets and set-top boxes, an “Information Network Audiovisual Programme Transmission Permit” with “audiovisual programme integrated operation services with television sets as receiving terminal” shall be obtained according to the relevant provisions of the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” (SARFT and Ministry of Information Industry Decree No. 56) and the “ Internet and Other Information Network Audiovisual Programme Dissemination Management Rules.” (SARFT Decree No. 39).

II, For launching Internet audiovisual programme integrated operation services with television sets as receiving terminals, an integrated broadcast control system having functions such as programme broadcast control, programme guides, copyright protection, etc, shall be established, and programme content management systems, security guarantee systems and emergency response systems shall be completed, guaranteeing the manageability and controllability of broadcast audiovisual programme content.

III, Audiovisual programmes disseminated to television set users through information networks such as the Internet, etc., must conform to the relevant provisions of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations“, “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations“, “Internet and Other Information Network Audiovisual Programme Dissemination Management Rules” and the “SARFT Notice Concerning Strengthening Internet Audiovisual Programme Content Management”. Broadcasted films and television dramas must have obtained a “Public Film Screening Permit”, “Television Drama Distribution Permit” or “Television Cartoon Distribution Permit” issued by administrative radio, film and television departments according to the law; broadcast theoretical or historical films or television programmes must have obtained a “Theoretical and Historical Film or Television Programme Broadcast and Screening Permit” issued by administrative radio, film and television departments according to the law.

IV, For launching Internet audiovisual programme services with television sets as receiving terminals, the provisions of copyright laws and administrative regulations shall be obeyed, and corresponding authorization from copyright holders obtained. Copyright protection measures shall be adopted, and the lawful rights and interests of copyright holders protected.

All levels’ radio and television management departments, after receiving this Notice, must conduct examination of the situation in which Internet audiovisual programme services with television sets as receiving terminal are conducted in their jurisdiction, where organs engaging in unauthorized corresponding services are discovered, they may be punished according to the law.

广电总于加电视接收端的互目服管理有问题的通知

8月11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,总局机关各司局、直属各单位发出《广电总局关于加强以电视机为接收终端的互联网视听节目服务管理有关问题的通知》,通知说,近期,一些企业为谋取不当经济利益,未经行业主管部门批准和著作权人授权,擅自将互联网上的影视剧等各类视听节目,随意传送到电视机终端供用户收看,严重侵犯了著作权人的合法权益,扰乱了互联网视听节目传播秩序。为规范相关业务管理,现将有关要求重申如下:

一、通过互联网连接电视机或机顶盒等电子产品,向电视机终端用户提供视听节目服务,应当按照《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》(广电总局、信息产业部令第56号)、《互联网等信息网络传播视听节目管理办法》(广电总局令第39号)的有关规定,取得“以电视机为接收终端的视听节目集成运营服务”的《信息网络传播视听节目许可证》。

二、开展以电视机为接收终端的互联网视听节目集成运营服务,应当建立具有节目播控、节目导视、版权保护等功能的集成播控系统,健全节目内容管理制度、安全保障制度和应急处理机制,确保所传播视听节目内容可管、可控。

三、通过互联网等信息网络向电视机终端用户传播的视听节目,应当符合《广播电视管理条例》、《互联网视听节目服务管理规定》、《互联网等信息网络传播视听节目管理办法》及《广电总局关于加强互联网视听节目内容管理的通知》的有关规定。传播的影视剧应依法取得广播影视行政部门颁发的《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》;传播的理论文献影视片须依法取得广播影视行政部门颁发的《理论文献影视片播映许可证》。

四、开展以电视机为接收终端的互联网视听节目服务,应当遵守著作权法律、行政法规的规定,取得著作权人的相关授权。应当采取版权保护措施,保护著作权人的合法权益。

各级广播电视管理部门在接到本通知后,要对辖区内从事以电视机为接收终端的互联网视听节目服务的情况进行检查,发现有擅自从事相关业务的机构,依法予以处理。

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