Recently, the General Administration of Press and Publishing and the Ministry of Information Industry jointly issued the " Interim Regulations on Management of Internet Publishing " which has come into force on 1st August. The Regulations clearly define the rights and duties of the Internet publishing agencies.
According to the report, the "Internet publishing" defined by the Regulations refers to the online communication act that the Internet content providers (ICP) publish the works created by the ICP or others on Internet, or send them to the client through Internet for the public to visit, read, use or download. The works include books, newspaper, magazines, audio-visual products, and electronic publications, which have been published or already made to the public. It also includes works of literature, art, natural science, social science and engineering technology, which have been edited.
The General Administration of Press and Publishing is responsible for the management and supervision of the Internet publishing nationwide. Any individuals or entities who have been engaged in the Internet publishing before must go through the examination and approval procedures within 60 days since Regulations came into force.