Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 5:41 PM
About two weeks ago, film and TV regulator SARFT apparently issued an order to video sharing website Tudou.com to cease operations. The order was not obeyed, although Tudou did shut down the website for a 24 hour period on Friday March 14.
Today SARFT published two lists on its website. The first one is a list of websites ordered to cease operations. Tudou is not named; in fact all the websites in the list seem to be fly by night video downloading BBS and small, relatively unknown video sites. Many of them have names that imitate other, more popular websites, e.g. Xunleicn.com whose name is ripped off from the popular Xunlei.com.
The second list shows websites that are going to be punished or fined. Number one on the list is Tudou. None of Tudou's real competitors like Youku.com or 56.com are on the list: the rest of the websites mentioned are small and unknown players.
Despite being named on a list of insignificant and mostly lousy websites, this seems like good news for Tudou, as long as the fine is not too severe.
Links and Sources
The contents of the two SARFT lists are reproduced below.
Video websites ordered to close down
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Video websites fined / punished
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Caroline W on Big in China
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Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
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+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.