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China rigorously inspects online and mobile platforms not licensed to broadcast the Olympics
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16:30, July 08, 2008

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On July 7, the National Copyright Administration of the People's Republic of China (NCAC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) held a press conference concerning measures to be taken against illegal broadcasting of the Olympics and related events. At the press conference, People's Daily reporter Liao Wengen learned that China will rigorously inspect and deal with online and mobile platforms that illegally broadcast the Olympics. This will be an important part of the battle against online copyright infringement in 2008.

Video websites that have illegally broadcast the Olympic torch relay will be ordered by NCAC to stop their infringement activities. This is the first time China has curbed illegal broadcasting of the Olympics and related events.

NCAC, MIIT, and SARFT have jointly issued a "Notice Regarding Prohibition of Illegal Online Broadcasting of Olympics and Related Activities." The notice requires every area to strengthen its supervision of legally permitted or registered online and mobile platforms under its jurisdiction. If illegal online or mobile broadcasting of Olympic events is discovered, copyright departments must take swift and severe action. Communication administration departments will take appropriate measures according to the definitions of illegal activity in copyright law, shutting down websites that conduct illegal operations. Radio and television administration departments will guide, supervise, and urge the online and mobile platforms within their area of jurisdiction that currently hold a "Permit for Broadcasting Video and Audio Programs on the Information Network" to refrain from illegal use of the video and audio signals for broadcasting of the Olympics and related events. Those platforms that illegally broadcast will be held responsible for their criminal actions.

According to understanding, the International Olympic Committee has given broadcasting rights of the new media (the Internet and mobile platforms) over events and related activities at the 29th Olympic Games held in China's mainland and Macau to China Central Television (CCTV) alone. Without the permission of CCTV, other new media organizations such as online and mobile platforms cannot broadcast Olympic events. Online and mobile platforms must obtain permission from the CCTV Online Broadcasting Center, and may then legally use an Olympic events video and audio program signal.

By People's Daily Online

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