China fences off the World Wide Web with its new Online Publishing Regulations

Summary

China's SARFT and MIT recently jointly issued their new Regulations on the Administration of Network Publication Services ("网络出版服务管理规定", "Regulations"). The Regulations contain an important overhaul of the current regulations -which took effect in 2001- and significantly tighten the applicable legislation, reaffirming foreign publishers are cut off from the Chinese online publishing market, and (further) restricting the freedom of operation of Chinese online publishers. The new Regulations will take effect on 10 March 2016. This newsflash summarizes the key changes in the Regulations. As implementation proceeds, we will keep you posted.

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