Friday, February 19, 2016

Chinese Regs Grow Tighter

The Middle Kingdom seeks more Con. Trol.

China is taking another step to restrict what can be posted on the Internet in its country by issuing new rules barring foreign companies or their affiliates from engaging in publishing online content there without government approval.

The rules, which were jointly released this week by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that beginning March 10, foreign companies or foreign joint ventures will be restricted from disseminating a wide range of content online, including text, maps, games, animation, audio and video. ...

“This is the latest in a series of legal changes that seek to restrict the influence of foreign or western ideas,” said Jacques deLisle, an authority on Chinese law who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. “And it’s also part of a larger attempt to exercise control over the Internet and new media.” ...

DreamWorks Animation and Disney have large and growing footprints in China, with co-ventures in animation studios and amusement parks. Now that the Chinese government tightening its choke chain on Western companies doing business in the country, it's an open question how the new regs are going impact Disney and DreamWorks bottom lines.

Probably won't be for the good, but probably won't be hugely detrimental. Our fine, entertainment conglomerates are nothing if not nimble. And adaptable.


Christopher Sobieniak said...

It's all about filling out that paperwork, isn't it?

Grant said...

Funny to watch these once proud American companies falling over themselves to kowtow to COMMUNISTS.

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