China to be stern on illegal transmission of Olympics

July 8th, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 8 (IANS) Chinese authorities will take strict measures to prevent unauthorized companies and individuals from broadcasting Olympic events, an official from the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) said. “No website, mobile phone platform or individual is permitted to transmit audio and video information regarding the Beijing Olympic Games or events within the mainland without a copyright or copyright holders’ authorizations,” Xu Chao, deputy director of the copyright management department of the NCAC, was quoted as saying in China Daily.

Webcasts of Olympic-related programmes have become commonplace since the Olympic torch gathering ceremony March 24 and the ensuing torch relay, Xu said, adding that the administration, together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and copyright holders, are monitoring illegal transmissions on domestic websites.

Penalties include warnings, orders to delete unlicenced content, fines, the shutting down of servers and confiscation of facilities and equipment, Xu said.

Olympic Games events that will be protected include audio and video content of 3,800 hours of Olympic events, the opening and closing ceremonies, test events, cultural events before and after the Olympics, Olympic flame gathering and torch relays.

The IOC has awarded the TV broadcast and cable rights for the mainland and the Macao special administrative region to China Central Television, and that for new media to CCTV.

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