20-F
BAIDU, INC. filed this Form 20-F on 03/31/2017
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of internet cultural products. Imported internet cultural products are subject to content review by the Ministry of Culture before they are disseminated online, while domestic internet cultural products must be filed with the local branch of the Ministry of Culture within 30 days following the online dissemination. Service providers are also required to conduct self-review of the content of internet cultural products before they are put on internet or submitted to the Ministry of Culture for approvals or filings. Baidu Netcom was granted an Internet Culture Business Permit in April 2007, which was renewed again in November 2013. Some other entities in our group were also granted an Internet Culture Business Permit.

The Several Suggestions on the Development and Administration of the Internet Music, issued by the Ministry of Culture and becoming effective in November 2006, reiterate the requirement for the internet service provider to obtain the Internet Culture Business Permit to carry on any business of internet music products. In addition, foreign investors are prohibited from engaging in the internet culture business operation.

Furthermore, the Notice on Strengthening and Improving the Content Review of Online Music, issued by Ministry of Culture in August 2009, provides that only “internet culture operating entities” approved by the Ministry of Culture may engage in the production, release, dissemination (including providing direct links to music products) and importation of online music products. Internet culture operating entities should establish strict self-monitoring system of online music content and set up special department in charge of such monitoring. In October 2015, the Ministry of Culture promulgated a notice, which took effect on January 1, 2016, to further strengthen its regulation over online music, including requiring online platform allowing users to upload self-created or performed music to set up real-time monitoring system and requiring the online music service providers to make quarterly filings of information related to their content self-review with the local counterpart of the Ministry of Culture from April 1, 2016.

Regulations on Internet Publishing

On February 4, 2016, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or the SAPPRFT, and the MIIT jointly issued the Administrative Provisions on Internet Publishing Services, or the Internet Publishing Regulation, which took effect on March 10, 2016 and replaced the Interim Provisions for the Administration of Internet Publishing promulgated in 2002. The Internet Publishing Regulation requires that any entity engaged in provision of online publications to the public via information network shall obtain an Internet Publication License, which will have a term of five years, from the SAPPRFT. Online publications refer to digital works with editing, production, processing and other publishing features, provided to the public via information network, which mainly include: (i) informative and thoughtful text, pictures, maps, games, animation, audio and video digitizing books and other original digital works in fields such as literature, art and science; (ii) digital works consistent with the content of published books, newspapers, periodicals, audio-visual products and electronic publications; (iii) the network literature database or other digital works formed through aforementioned works by selecting, organizing, compiling and other means; and (iv) other types of digital works determined by the SAPPRFT. The servers and storage facilities used by internet publishers must be located within the territory of the PRC. The Internet Publishing Regulation also requires internet service providers providing manual intervention search ranking, advertising, promotion and other services to customers providing internet publishing services, shall check and examine the Internet Publication Licenses obtained by their customers and business scope of such licenses. Certain entities in our group have obtained the Internet Publication Licenses.

Regulations on Broadcasting Audio/Video Programs through the Internet

In December 2007, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or the SARFT (currently known as SAPPRFT) and the MIIT jointly promulgated the Rules for the Administration of Internet Audio and Video Program Services, commonly known as “Document 56”, which took effect on January 31, 2008. Pursuant to the Document 56, an online audio/video service provider must obtain an Online Audio/Video Program Transmission

 

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