Chinese Gov't Not A Big Fan Of User-Generated Video; Expands Great Firewall To License All Video Sites

from the bureaucracy-and-user-generated-content-don't-mix dept

It's well known that China goes to tremendous lengths to censor and block certain types of content online through a combination of tens of thousands of "internet police" combined with vague rules that are left up to various ISPs to enforce or face sanctions (meaning they tend to be even more quick to block than they may need to be). It appears that even that wasn't enough to deal with the rise of user-generated video sites in the country. The Chinese government has a new policy demanding that all video upload sites must get a license from the government, must be state-owned or state-controlled and (of course) must not allow any video that "involves national secrets, hurts the reputation of China, disrupts social stability or promotes pornography." As the article notes, this likely effects most Chinese YouTube clones (who are mostly private, rather than state-owned), though it's unclear how it will impact foreign sites, such as YouTube itself. The most likely outcome is that ISPs will soon start banning those sites completely in favor of the limited state-owned sites. Such is life on the internet behind the Great Firewall.


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    friday, Jan 3rd, 2008 @ 6:22pm

    thats why i use a proxy server... but it is still very annoying

     

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    Rob, Jan 3rd, 2008 @ 7:00pm

    haha the great firewall

     

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    boris, Jan 3rd, 2008 @ 7:11pm

    FIRST POST! YES

     

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    first, Jan 3rd, 2008 @ 8:21pm

    Fourth!!!!
    nice one boris!!!!

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jan 4th, 2008 @ 5:06am

    Heh

    "... or promotes pornography."
    Those poor bastards.

     

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    Anonymous of Course, Jan 4th, 2008 @ 7:14am

    "involves national secrets, hurts the reputation of China, disrupts social stability..."

    Where anything can be declared a national secret.
    From how many mirv's they've built using the technology
    Loral Corp transferred to China, to the latest product
    adulteration scandal.

    Nothing hurts the reputation of China more than the
    behavior of its government.

     

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    MIchael, Jan 4th, 2008 @ 8:11am

    youtube still working

    I live in Shanghai, and Youtube and all the other video sites are still working fine.

    I suspect this law is not as big a deal as you might think it is. China, at least in Shanghai, is on a fast track to modernization and improving its image around the world.

     

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