China’s New Online Publishing Rules

On March 10, 2016, the PRC government will impose new rules to govern online publishing in China. Under these new rules, all entities that intend to publish online in China must first obtain an Online Publishing Service Permit from SAPPRFT. The OPS Rules set out the conditions for obtaining the required permit. The Chinese government strictly

The Internet of Things

China and the Internet of Things: A Love Story

Just because we are now dealing with a slowing China economy does not mean everything in China is slowing, and it most certainly is not. I thought of this yesterday after running into a friend-client in the elevator of my building yesterday. Very loosely, here was our conversation: Client: We will be getting our [fill

China Counterfeit Lawyers

Copyright Takedowns in China

Copyright takedowns in China and copyright notices. What you can and should do now to be able to use a copyright takedown to protect your copyrights in China.

china law blog

The China Domain Name Scam

Every so often there seems to be an uptick in what I call the China domain name scam and now is one of those times. Our China lawyers frequently get emails from U.S. companies asking us what they should do about an email they just received (usually in poorly written English) telling them they must

Fake China Law Firms

Fake China Law Firms are the Real Deal

Since 2006, we have been writing about fake China law firms. See China Where Even The “Law Firms” Are Fake. In that post we talked about fake Chinese lawyers taking money from American companies for trademark registrations: There are those who take money to file trademarks in China and then simply run away. A new client

How to navigate the maze of doing internet business in China.

Selling Software as a Service (SaaS) in China: The Foreign Server Option

As we pointed out in SaaS in China: Build a compliant Go-to-Market Plan by Looking Beyond the Regulations and again in Foreign SaaS in China: Get Off of My Cloud, the PRC does not permit foreign entities to make direct sales of SaaS products from servers located within China. For foreign software companies, this is a major

China VIEs

China VIEs are Dead and We Told You so

The Wall Street Journal just published an article on the threat the proposed PRC foreign investment law poses for companies that used the VIE structure to enter into prohibited business sectors in China. Among the companies in the cross hairs are a number of major foreign businesses such as Amazon, Pearson and CBS. Add to

China Cloud Computing Laws

Foreign SaaS in China: Get Off of My Cloud

As businesses are rapidly moving to the cloud, the Chinese government seems to be taking its lead from the Rolling Stones: Hey! You! Get off of my cloud. China wants to run its own private cloud, and foreigners need not apply. The primary issue for Internet businesses in China is that all commercial Internet businesses

Chinese internet gambling

China Online Gambling: Illegal But Everywhere

Media reports state that online gambling in China soared during the recent World Cup. The punters put their money into online gambling on the World Cup, with revenue at China’s government run lottery site increasing by over 80% during this period. The general ban on gambling in China is subject to one exception. The Chinese

China domain names

China Domain Name Emails: Still a Scam

One of our China lawyers just got the following email which, interestingly enough went to the spam folder.  I mention that it went to the spam folder because it shows Outlook recognized it for what it contained, a fairly standard China domain name scam email. The email our China attorney received was the following: I