|IQIYI, INC. filed this Form 424B4 on 03/29/2018|
applications to provide the audio-video program services The types of the programs shall be within the permitted scope as provided in the licenses and such mobile applications shall be filed with the SAPPRFT.
On March 16, 2018, the SAPPRFT issued the Notice on Further Regulating the Transmission Orders of Internet Audio-video Programs, or the SAPPRFT Notice No. 21. According to the SAPPRFT Notice No. 21, online platforms shall not illegally capture, edit, or reprogram audio-video programs, shall strengthen the administration of audio-video programs, such as online movie clips and trailers, shall strengthen the management of the naming or sponsorship of the various programs, and the relevant SAPPRFT authorities shall strengthen their administration and supervision over online audio-video platforms, as well as radio and television stations on content management. Among other, SAPPRFT Notice No. 21 requires that online audio-video platforms shall not produce or disseminate programs that distort, parody or vilify classic literary works; shall not re-edit, re-dub, or re-caption the subtitles of classic literary works, radio and television programs, network-based original audio-video programs or intercept certain program segments and splice them into new programs; and shall not disseminate edited pieces of works that distort the originals. Online platforms shall strictly supervise reprogramed videos uploaded by users and shall not facilitate the dissemination of defective audio-video programs. In addition, when receiving a complaint about defective programs from copyright owners, broadcasting agencies or producing agencies, online platforms shall immediately delete such programs.
On November 4, 2016, the State Internet Information Office issued the Administrative Regulations on Online Live-broadcasting Services, or the Online Live-broadcasting Regulations, which came into effect on December 1, 2016. According to the Online Live-broadcasting Regulations, when providing internet news information services, both online live-broadcasting service providers and online live-broadcasting publishers must obtain the relevant licenses for providing internet news information service and may only carry out internet news information services within the scope of their licenses. All online live-broadcasting service providers (whether or not providing internet news information) must take certain actions to operate their services, including establishing platforms for monitoring live-broadcasting content.
Beijing iQiyi has obtained an internet audio-video program transmission license which will remain effective until October 23, 2018, covering certain audio-video program services as provided in category II and Shanghai Zhong Yuan has obtained an internet audio-video program transmission license which will remain effective until March 23, 2020, covering certain audio-video program services as provided in category II, category III and category IV.
Regulations on Production and Operation of Radio/Television Programs
On July 19, 2004, the SAPPRFT promulgated the Administrative Measures on the Production and Operation of Radio and Television Programs, or the Radio and Television Program Production Measures, which came into effect on August 20, 2004 and was amended on August 28, 2015. The Radio and Television Program Production Measures provides that any business that produces or operates radio or television programs must first obtain a Radio and Television Program Production and Operation Permit. Entities holding such permits shall conduct their business within the permitted scope as provided in their permits. In addition, foreign-invested enterprises are not allowed to engage in the above-mentioned services. Each of Beijing iQIYI, Shanghai Zhong Yuan and iQIYI Pictures has obtained a Radio and Television Program Production and Operation Permit for their respective businesses.
Regulations on Online Culture Administration
According to the Interim Administrative Provisions on Internet Culture, or the Internet Culture Provisions, promulgated by the Ministry of Culture, or the MOC, on February 17, 2011, and amended on December 15, 2017 internet culture activities include: (1) production, reproduction, import, release or broadcast of internet culture products (such as online music, online game, online performance and cultural products by certain technical means and copied to the internet for spreading); (2) distribution or publication of cultural products on internet; and (3) exhibitions, competitions and other similar activities concerning internet culture products. The Internet Culture Provisions further classifies internet cultural activities into commercial internet cultural activities and non-commercial internet cultural activities. Entities engaging in commercial internet cultural activities must