China Youth Daily, 1/07/08
The recently issued Regulations for Online Audio and Video Services, which require applicants to be state-owned or controlled, may breach China's Administrative Licensing Law. The law requires national-level licensing to be implemented via the legislature, while the Regulations for Online Audio and Video Services are departmental regulations.
Editor's note: The Administrative Licensing Law, which came into effect July 1, 2004, streamlines administrative approval procedures and removes restrictions considered unnecessary. The law was designed to put limits on governments' power, help improve transparency of administrative approval procedures, and reduce the cost of administration.