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GAPP Drafting New Online Literature Regulations

Dongfang Daily, 5/28/10

A spokesperson for China's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) has revealed that GAPP is working on drafting regulations in response to the issues of licentiousness, vulgarity, and violence in online literature. The new regulations, which will be designed to raise the barrier for entry and increase content management for online literature services, are to appear next year at the latest.

The spokesperson also said that GAPP is working with relevant agencies on revisions and additions to existing regulations, while drafting additional regulations for online and mobile literature. In order to further strengthen and complement existing systems designed to prevent gaming addiction, GAPP will also work with the Ministry of Public Security on implementing real-name registration systems for online games, and on overseeing gaming companies' construction of parental monitoring systems.

According to the spokesperson, the upcoming regulations for online literature publishing services will begin by regulating online literature sites, particularly those publishing original content or serialized online novels. GAPP has issued fewer than 220 online publishing permits to date, the spokesperson said, recipients of which 80% are state-owned publishing entities, despite the fact that the majority of websites currently engaged in online literature are privately owned.

In 2009, GAPP investigated and dealt with a total of more than 2,000 online and mobile publications in violation of existing regulations, deleted more than 140,000 webpage links, investigated and punished more than 2,300 sites, shut down more than 60 portal channels, and shut down more than 130 websites.

Keywords: Internet mobile literature online literature Ministry of Public Security GAPP real name system online gaming regulation


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