Thursday, June 10, 2004

China: websites with streaming video need broadcast license reports today that "China has stipulated a set of rules on broadcasting DV (digital video) productions via TV stations, cinemas, film festivals or exhibitions, and the Internet, in a bid to step up regulation of their content, according to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. China has seen a rapid popularization of mini-DV cameras in recent years and DV productions made by some organizations and individuals have become a source of audiovisual programs for TV stations and Internet websites, said a circular issued by the administration recently... [A] small portion of DV productions are obscure and negative in theme and content, with some of them sent overseas for exhibition. 'That has caused a bad effect,' the circular said.

"The administration therefore demanded all DV productions be approved before being broadcast on TV stations, in cinemas, and on the Internet... 'Those violating relevant regulations or lacking taste and having incorrect themes are forbidden to be broadcast and spread,' the administration said. 'Those concerning religion, nationality, and sensitive subjects must seek advice and get approval from the local government departments concerned before being broadcast, it said. 'Those productions whose content is questionable or may cause negative effect on society are forbidden to be broadcast.' ...Internet websites must obtain a license for releasing audiovisual programs before broadcasting DV productions..."


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