Gov't Targets Chinese OTT Services|NCC:愛奇藝鑽漏洞 要讓中資OTT下架
Many people watch TV series and movies via iQiyi's Taiwan website. Recently, acting National Communications Commission Chairperson Chen Yaw-shyang said over-the-top providers funded by Chinese capital, such as iQiyi, will be banned. However, scholars say current laws do not prohibit roundabout ways to bypass current restrictions, so banning iQiyi would require first amending laws.
Many people use iQiyi's Taiwan website to watch television shows and movies. They cast the content from their phones or computers to television screens, and enjoy it in high definition. However, iQiyi is funded by Chinese capital, and Chinese media organizations are banned from setting up Taiwan-based services. At present, iQiyi uses the Hong Kong-based "Qiyi" to carry out related services, with "OTT Entertainment" acting as its agent in Taiwan. The National Communications Commission believes iQiyi is exploiting a loophole in current laws. During a legislative interpellation, the acting chairperson said over-the-top providers funded by Chinese capital will be banned.
Basically speaking, iQiyi was never a legal operation in Taiwan. That's why we're banning it. But you weren't successful in banning it, it found a way to bypass it.
On May 15, the NCC invited representatives from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Culture, and the Taiwan OTT Association to attend a meeting and discuss the possibility of first implementing a ban based on "illegal advertisements." The agent said it has not received any notification, and it believes the government will proceed according to law. With regards to the legal basis of the government's actions, scholars say the current system does not prohibit OTT providers funded by Chinese capital to enter Taiwan through roundabout ways. Therefore, the government will first have to amend the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and formulate a law dedicated to OTT if it wants to ban them.
There's probably no way to prohibit agents from undertaking related work under current laws. Perhaps the NCC is intending to enact controls starting with funding sources. However, this way it will also run into the aforementioned problem. Perhaps you will have to enact or amend laws if you want to prohibit or ban the transmission of advertisements.
Scholars add that people will still be able connect to sites in China if the NCC bans iQiyi's Taiwan site unless the government seals off the network. They advise Taiwan to reflect on how to strengthen Taiwan's native OTT providers and increase their viewer numbers.
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