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China Regulates Audio-Visual Online Commerce
(3/28/2000) In continuing its attempts to further control its citizens
use of the Internet, China recently issued new regulations for online
business transactions involving audiovisual products, the March 27
Hulianwang Zhoukan (China Netweek) reported.
The regulations were contained in the Ministry of Cultures "Circular
on Relevant Issues Concerning the Online Business of Audiovisual
According to the newspaper, the circular stated the following:
1. China practices a licensing system for online business activities
involving audiovisual products. It bans any such business
activities, which have not been recorded with, and approved by,
the appropriate audiovisual administrative authorities.
2. Audiovisual-product producers, wholesalers, retailers and lessors
who are established with approval can engage in the buying,
selling and leasing of audiovisual products through their own Web
sites or Web pages.
A dealer in audiovisual products who intends to develop an online
business must report to the provincial (or municipal or autonomous
regional) administrative department in charge of the relevant
audiovisual market to register, and must bring with him materials
that include the name of the companys legal representative, the
name of its own Web site or the name of the Web site it is linked
to, and its e-mail address. The business shall not begin operating
before its registration is verified.
3. An information-network operator who intends to run an online
business offering audiovisual products must apply to the
provincial (or municipal or autonomous regional) administrative
authority for the audiovisual market to receive an audiovisual
business license in accordance with the relevant provisions of the
"Regulations on the Administration of Audiovisual Products." An
operator shall not go into business before receiving this
4. Foreign-funded and Chinese-foreign joint venture
information-network operators are forbidden to operate online
businesses involving audiovisual products.
5. Audiovisual products to be sold over the Internet must be legal
products manufactured by domestic audiovisual-product producers.
Dealers must state clearly the name of the manufacturer, standard
codes, and in the case of imported products, the number of the
imports approval document.
The following business activities are forbidden: those involving
audiovisual products whose contents are restricted by Article 3 of
the "Regulations on the Administration of Audiovisual Products,"
and illegal audiovisual products, including smuggled and pirated
Selling imported audiovisual products over the Internet, dealing
in MP3 music products downloaded from the Internet, and wholesale
transactions of audiovisual products over the Internet also are
6. A unit engaging in business online should include on a marked
place on its Web site or home page the number of its business
license and the telephone number of the authority, which
registered the business and issued its license.
7. Online business activities involving audiovisual products must
strictly observe the laws and rules concerning the administration
of the audiovisual market and are subject to the supervision and
administration of audiovisual market administrative authorities.
Any unit that acts against relevant provisions of this circular
will be punished by the audiovisual market administrative
authorities in accordance with the "Regulations on the
Administration of Audiovisual Products" and other related laws and
8. Units which have already engaged in online business activities
involving audiovisual products shall undergo the formalities of
registration and receiving approval in accordance with this
circular before May 1, 2000.