Audiovisual Publications

Online Publishing Service Management Rules

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Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to standardize the online publishing services order, stimulate the healthy and orderly development of the online publishing services sector, on the basis of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, the “Internet Information Service Management Regulations” and relevant laws and regulations, these Rules are promulgated.

Article 2: These Rules apply to online publishing services provided within the borders of the People’s Republic of China

Online publishing services as mentioned in these rules refers to the provision of online publications to the public through information networks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opinions concerning Letting Socialist Literature and Art Flourish

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Central Committee

3 October 2015

In order to implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress and the 3rd and 4th Plenums of the 18th Party Congress, earnestly implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech at the Forum on Literature and Art, and let Socialist literature and art flourish, the following opinions are put forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Management Rules for the Dissemination of Audiovisual Programmes through the Internet and Other Information Networks

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(Opinion-solicitation draft)

Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to standardize the audiovisual programme dissemination order through the Internet and other information networks, stimulate the healthy and orderly development of audiovisual programme dissemination services through the Internet and other such information networks, safeguard the national interest and the public interest, and protect the lawful rights and interests of the public and bodies involved, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Speech at the Forum on Literature and Art

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15 October 2014

Xi Jinping

Today, an ensemble of heroes has assembled here, the young and the old have come together, we have both old writers and old artists of noble character and high prestige, and have new literature and art talents who are bursting into the limelight, I know some comrades already well in the past, some comrades I’m meeting for the first time. I am very happy to see everyone.

The literature and art undertaking is an important undertaking of the Party and the people, the literature and art front is an important front for the Party and the people. For a long time, the broad literature and art workers have devoted themselves to literature and art creation, performance, research and dissemination, have been industrious and hardworking in their own areas, serving the people, they have obtained great achievements and made major contributions. Through everyone’s common efforts, our country’s literature and art garden contains hundreds of flowers competing and flowering, bringing forth innumerable achievements, they have presented a vivid vista of flourishing and development. I’d like to use this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to everyone, and extend my warmest respect to the literature and art workers nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

SAPPRFT Reiterates Provisions concerning the Management of Online Foreign Television Dramas

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A few days ago, SAPPRFT issued a Notice reiterating provisions concerning the management of online foreign television dramas, which demanded that for foreign television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks, a “Public Film Screening Permit” and a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” must be obtained according to the law. Foreign television dramas for which no “Public Film Screening Permit” or “Television Drama Distribution Permit” has been obtained, may not be disseminated online without exception.

The “Notice” points out that, in order to make online culture develop and flourish, at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, [we must] vigorously absorb the world’s advanced cultural achievements, and encourage Internet audiovisual programme service websites meeting conditions to import and distribute appropriate amounts of foreign television dramas with healthy content, good production levels, which carry forward the true, the good and the beautiful, and satisfy the popular masses’ daily increasing spiritual cultural needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Further Implementing Regulations on the Management of Online Foreign Film and Television Dramas

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio, Film and Television Bureau

On the basis of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” (State Council Decree No. 228), the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” (SARFT, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 56), the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television “Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Internet Dissemination of Film and Television Dramas” (GF No. (2007)122) and other such regulations and provisions, foreign film and television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks shall obtain a “Public Film Screening Permit” or a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” according to the law. In order to develop online culture and let it flourish, and vigorously absorb the excellent cultural achievements of the world at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, the following provisions on further implementing management over dissemination of foreign film and television dramas on information networks (hereafter simply named online foreign film and television dramas) are hereby notified: Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China (Revision Draft, Submission Version)

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National Copyright Administration

Revision Draft, Submission Version

Chapter I: General Principles

Chapter II: Copyright

Section I: Copyright holders and their rights

Section II: Copyright entitlement

Section III: The term of protection of copyright

Chapter III: Related rights

Section I: Publishers

Section II: Performers

Section III: Audio producers

Section IV: Radio stations and television stations

Chapter IV: The limitations of rights

Chapter V: The exercise of rights

Section I: Copyright and related right contracts

Section II: Collective copyright management

Chapter VI: Technological protection measures and rights management information

Chapter VII: The protection of rights

Chapter VIII: Supplementary provisions

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Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Videos

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Note: this document was only made public in March 2014.

XGDF No. (2014)2

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus:

Since the issuance of the “Notice concerning Further Strengthening the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Videos) (GF No. (2012)53), the implementation situation in all localities generally is good, which has had a stimulating effect on standardizing online dramas, microfilms and other such online videos. However, there are also some localities that report that some Internet audiovisual programme service work units examine and broadcast online dramas, microfilms and other such online videos themselves, there are different examination standards and measures, leading to different versions emerging of the same programme; a few programme producers do not hold production qualification for radio and television programmes, and for some programmes that require editing, it is difficult to contact the producer and have them re-edit it; there are also some programmes that have not been filed timely according to requirements. In order to further perfect management, create a civilized and healthy online environment, and prevent online audiovisual programmes with vulgar content, base styles and which play up violence and sex from having a harmful influence on society, the following Supplementary Notice concerning relevant questions is hereby issued: Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Printing, Reproduction and Distribution

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XCZF No. (2013) 8

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, the Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing municipal comprehensive cultural market law enforcement teams:

In order to implement the spirit of the National Propaganda and Ideology Work Conference, to create a good atmosphere for the convention of the 3rd Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, and realistically strengthen management over printing, reproduction and distribution, hereby, the relevant requirements are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Printing and Issuing the Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television

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GBF No. (2013)76

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council Ministries and Commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

The “Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television” have been approved by the State Council and are hereby printed and issued.

State Council General Office

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Notice concerning Formulating and Submitting Thematic Focus Publication Topics on Deeply Studying, Propagating and Implementing the Spirit of the 18th Party Congress

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(XCZ No. [2013]47)

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, all Centre and State organs’ ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations’ publishing work units’ controlling departments, the China Publishing Group Co., the China Education Publishing Media Group Co. Ltd., the China Science and Technology Publishing Media Group Co. Ltd.:

Doing thematic publishing work on studying, propagating and implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress well is the main political task of the publishing front this year. All provincial-level press and publications bureaus and controlling departments must, with a high sense of responsibility and sense of mission, meticulously deploy matters and organize their local and subordinate publishing work units to roll out a batch of focus publications on the topic of deeply studying, propagating and implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, and create a dense atmosphere of studying and implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress in the entire society. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Network Publishing Service Management Regulations (Opinion-Seeking Revision Draft)

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Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to standardize network publishing services order, stimulate the healthy and orderly development of publishing service business, on the basis of the State Council’s “Publishing Management Regulations” and “Internet Service Management Rules”, and corresponding laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated.

Article 2: These regulations apply to engaging in network publishing business within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Read the rest of this entry »

Management Rules on Foreign Press and Publications Organs Establishing Offices Within the Territory of China

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(Opinion-seeking Draft)

Article 1: In order to standardize the establishment of foreign press and publications organs’ offices within the territory of China and their work activities, stimulate Sino-foreign press and publications exchange, on the basis of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, the “Foreign Enterprises’ Permanent Representative Organ Registration Management Regulations” and the “State Council Decision concerning Administrative Examination and Approval Matters and Administrative Permits that Need to Be Maintained”, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Press and Publications Industrial Standardization Management Rules

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(Opinion-seeking Revision Draft)

Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to strengthen management over press and publications standardization work, stimulate technological innovation and development in the press and publications sector, on the basis of the “Standardization Law of the People’s Republic of China” and other relevant laws and regulations, integrating the real situation of the press and publications sector, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Regulations concerning Some Issues of Applicable Law in Hearing Civil Dispute Cases on Infringement of the Right to Dissemination through Information Networks

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(FS (2012)20, passed at the 1561st meeting of the Supreme People’s Court Trial Committee on 26 November 2012

Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China Announcement

The “Supreme People’s Court Regulations concerning Some Issues of Applicable Law in Hearing Civil Dispute Cases on Infringement of the Right to Dissemination through Information Networks” have been passed at the 1561st of the Supreme People’s Court Trial Committee on 26 November 2011, are hereby promulgated and take effect on 1 January 2013.

Supreme People’s Court

17 December 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Report concerning the Work Situation in Deepening Cultural Structural Reform and Promoting the Grand Development and Grand Flourishing of Socialist Culture

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Given on 24 October 2012 at the 29th Meeting of the 11th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

Minister of Culture: Cai Wu

Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress,

I have been entrusted by the State Council to report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the work situation in deepening cultural structural reform and promoting the grand development and grand flourishing of Socialist culture. Cultural structural reform and development work involve culture, radio, film and television, press and publications, and various other areas, and for this report, the opinions of the Central Propaganda Department as well as SARFT, the General Administration of Press and Publications, the Information Office and other departments were sought, in order to as much as possible, completely reflect the comprehensive situation of cultural structural reform and development work, please consider it. Read the rest of this entry »

Liu Yunshan: Jubilantly Welcome the 18th Party Congress

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There are obvious differences between the leadership transitions in the two largest economies in the world, which will take place within days from each other, in November. Most importantly China doesn’t have a presidential election, as the United States does. Its leadership transitions are organized opaquely, in backrooms filled with the smoke of Panda cigarettes and without any external input. The United States works in quite the opposite way: candidates are intensely scrutinized in the press. Every detail of their private history and public service records are put under the  spotlight. This vetting is considered to be of fundamental importance in the process, and has hobbled (Romney’s tax reviews) or ended (Herman Cain’s alleged misconduct) a number of presidential campaign bid. In China, the opposite happens. The personal life and history of top-level leaders is proclaimed to be beyond reproach and they or their families may not be investigated. Similar things happen with policy. A huge political marketing machine has been set up to market, analyze, compare and criticize the policy proposals made by candidates, whereas in China, a huge political marketing machine has been set up to flood the public sphere with a continuous message that the Party’s policy is correct.

China’s political marketing machine is faced, however, with a few problems. First, the Communist Party is obliged to take responsibility for the overall state of the country. It can’t blame a previous government for problems, as the Party has been in power for over six decades. It can’t blame stubborn opposition, as there is none, and it can’t significantly shift in basic political direction, as it has claimed over the last three decades that their policies are correct and historically determined. It can blame foreign hostility and volatile international circumstances, but then, it needs also to explain why China isn’t using its growing international clout to shape the international environment to suit it better. It can also claim that every historical phase brings along its own challenges, and does so, but this can only be a small part of its propaganda. Dealing with challenges requires political choices to be made, and may engender opportunities for dissent. Rather, the Party contends that policymaking is a scientific manner where optimal solutions to problems can be found, depoliticizing the policymaking process.

This is especially important now, as the 18th Party Congress is coming along. This transition is a delicate moment, and all stops are being pulled to ensure that no opposition can organize. One key aspect of this is propaganda. The Party believes it needs to not only tell the people that they are better off, China is getting more important and stronger internationally, and Hu Jintao’s decade of leadership has been a great success; it also believes it needs to mobilize the people to give full and enthusiastic support to the new generation of leaders. The propaganda campaign for this Congress was officially launched late in July, two days after Hu Jintao gave his valedictory speech. Liu Yunshan gave a speech to a conference of propaganda department directors outlining the measures that must be taken “to welcome the victorious convocation of the 18h Party Congress” (Available in translation).  Liu heads the Central Propaganda Department and is widely tipped to succeed his political godfather, Li Changchun, to the Standing Committee propaganda and ideology portfolio, . Most of these measures are taken directly from the standard Communist playbook. Advanced models of communist virtue and concrete examples of Communist development will be trotted out, there will be a series of books, articles, films, exhibitions and cultural activities extolling the virtues of the CCP, and closer attention will be paid to sudden incidents. Interestingly, Bo Xilai’s Red Song initiative didn’t leave the scene with him, but there are now two major events, “Everyone Sings patriotic Songs” and “Singing about China”, touring from city to city.

The most interesting remarks in the Liu speech are about foreign-oriented propaganda. Liu now seems to understand that, as the second largest economy in the world, more eyes are pointing towards China than in the past, and that there is more and more non-official interaction between the Chinese and international spheres of public communication. What Liu does not yet seem to comprehend, is the nature of the many soft power own goals that China has made in the recent past. China has often appeared petulant, in spats involving Tibet for example, has thrown its weight around regionally that has sent many smaller South-East Asian nations run towards the United States for cover, and every time it jails another dissident, another corruption case comes out or a food scandal is uncovered, it adds another bullet hole to the many it has in its foot already. Liu seems to believe that this can be rectified with patient and reasonable explanation of the facts as the Party sees it. This is exactly the same path that the Party took after Tiananmen, where it claimed that all that was needed to justify sending tanks at students to the international community, was a rational exposé about Chinese politics. Now, Liu argues that the Party must concentrate foreign attention on the Party’s claim to put people first and govern for the people, but these claims are at best misguided and at worst mendacious when we look at the endemic corruption that sustains the Party’s position in power. In this light, Liu’s contention that the Party must gain “the moral commanding heights” is risible. But there is a more fundamental problem as well. Westerners fundamentally don’t believe in the system that China proposes. Europe’s historical relationship with dictatorial regimes and powerful religious organizations has led to a relativist, postmodernist position that instinctively distrusts any claim to truth and power, while the powerful anti-government stance in US society causes a lack of trust in any overbearing regime, regardless of what political colour. In other words, CCP rule is mistrusted for what it is, even before the discussion starts about what it does. Conversely, many Chinese will instinctively distrust American and European politics for being chaotic and disorganized.

Whether or not this distrust is justified is another discussion. It certainly is the case that China does better materially than in the past, and it is equally the case that the economic, political and social crises besetting Europe and the United States indicate that many improvements there remain to be made. It is, however, undoubtedly so that these perceptions exist, and that China’s ideas on how to deal with them are often ill-informed and cack-handed. China hires foreign law firms as council in its WTO disputes, possibly it could to with a bit of foreign PR expertise as well.

National Cartoon Industry Development Plan for the “12th Five-Year Plan” Period

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Table of Contents

Foreword

I, Basic experience and the circumstances that are faced

(1) Basic experience

(2) Circumstances that are faced

II, Main tasks

(1) Guiding cartoon creation and production

(2) Innovating profit models, perfecting cartoon industry chains

(3) Optimizing cartoon industry composition and structures

(4) Moving cartoon industry innovation forward

(5) Implementing backbone enterprise and major programme driving strategies

(6) Strengthening talent grasping

(7) Promoting the cartoon industry to “march out”

III, Guarantee measures

(1) Expanding financial input

(2) Protecting intellectual property rights

(3) Perfecting investment policies

(4) Implementing fiscal preferences

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Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China (Second Revision Draft)

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Changes in the updated document in comparison with the earlier March draft are underlined.

National Copyright Administration, July 2012

Chapter I: General Principles

Chapter II: Copyright

Section I: Copyright holders and their rights

Section II: Copyright entitlement

Section III: The term of protection of copyright

Chapter III: Related rights

Section I: Publishers

Section II: Performers

Section III: Audio producers

Section IV: Radio stations and television stations

Chapter IV: The limitations of rights

Chapter V: The exercise of rights

Section I: Copyright and related right contracts

Section II: Collective copyright management

Chapter VI: Technological protection measures and rights management information

Chapter VII: The protection of rights

Chapter VIII: Supplementary provisions Read the rest of this entry »

Implementation Rules concerning Supporting Popular Capital to Participate in Publishing Business Activities

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In order to promote the grand development and grand flourishing of Socialist culture, fully muster popular capital to participate in cultural construction, stimulate the publishing sector’s scientific development, on the basis of the “State Council Secretariat Some Opinions concerning Encouraging and Guiding the Healthy Development of Popular Investment”  (GF No. 2010(13), and in integration with the characteristics of the publishing sector, hereby, the following implementation rules to support popular capital to participate in publishing business activities are put forward.

I, Continue to support popular capital to invest in the establishment of printing and reproduction enterprises, engaging in business activities concerning the printing of publications, packaging and mounting printed products as well as other printed products, recordable compact disc production and the printing and reproduction of read-only compact discs. Read the rest of this entry »