China SaaS

SaaS in China: The 101

Countless foreign software companies wish to deliver their software as a service (SaaS) to China. But since China requires commercial ICP licenses for commercial Internet services within China and generally forbids foreign enterprises from obtaining such licenses, directly providing SaaS through a server in China is typically not possible for foreign software companies. So how can a foreign

China entertainment lawyer

China Video Streaming — 10 Top Trends

The pace of change is so rapid that it’s always hard to keep up with developments in China. What made sense last month often makes no sense this month. Here’s my attempt to make sense of what’s going on in video streaming right now. 1. More subscribers As recently as four or five years ago

China Central Television Headquarters

New Chinese Laws to Hit Streaming, Broadcasting of Foreign Content

China’s film and TV regulator, NATR, just published a discussion draft of the Provisions on Administration of Import and Broadcasting of Overseas Audio-Visual Programs. The provisions apply to “overseas” films, TV programs, animation and documentaries. “NATR” is the National Administration of TV and Radio, the result of a recent restructuring of SAPPRFT, the State Administration

China self driving cars

Self Driving Cars in China and the Absence of Non-Technical Barriers

As outlined in Self Driving Cars in China: The Roadmap and the Risks, the Chinese government is pushing hard to develop a Chinese based self driving car. In reviewing China’s proposed legislative framework and recent books from China, we can see how China’s system offers unique advantages for developing fully autonomous vehicles. China does not seem

China IP lawyers

China SaaS: The Basics

With the launch of the US-China trade war, it should go without saying that China is tough on foreign internet companies doing business in China. Foreign SaaS (Software as a Service) companies are on the front lines of China’s internet and the legalities of their operating in China are complicated and generally unfavorable. Our China

International lawyer

China Data Protection Regulations (CDPR)

Many international companies have Chinese websites and some kind of network system, whether for selling their own products or solely for internal use. In many cases, these websites and internal systems are hosted on servers outside China. I and the other lawyers that make up my law firm’s China cyberlaw team are frequently asked whether

China IP lawyers

China and The Internet of Things: Do You Really Own "Your" IoT Product?

China (Shenzhen mostly) is the primary destination for manufacturing of small electronic consumer products. And since Internet of Things (IoT) products are red hot, our China lawyers get a steady stream of China IoT legal matters. Our lawyers are often contacted when the IoT product has reached the mass production stage and is being produced in

Artificial Intelligence AI

China’s Artificial Intelligence Plan

For more than a decade, the Chinese government has been working to push the Chinese manufacturing sector up the value chain. More recently, the push from the central government has become more formalized, resulting in the 2015 issuance of the State Council manufacturing modernization manifesto: Made in China 2025《中国制造2025》(State Council, July 7, 2015). Made in

China Online Gaming Lawyers

Foreign Access to China’s Online Gaming Industry

Online gaming in China is subject to the same overall regulatory framework that applies to software as a service (SaaS) in China. The regulatory framework comprises no less than a dozen key components that have developed over the past twenty years or so. The development has not evolved neatly. Earlier regulations have not been comprehensively

China online gaming laws

Selling Online Games to China

About a month ago, the Game Publishing Committee of China’s Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association (中国音数协游戏工委) reported that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) “holds a negative attitude” toward last-man-standing games like PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (aka PUBG) and it would be difficult for this type of game to obtain a publishing