Porn producers face severe punishment
Updated: 2004-09-06 09:13
Those who are engaged in the profit-oriented production and dissemination of
pornographic materials through the Internet, mobile communication terminals and
"phone-sex" services in China are subject to punishment as severe as life
imprisonment, according to the latest legal interpretations.
China's Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly
issued the interpretations Sunday on the application of law in handling criminal
cases concerning the production, duplication, publication, sales and
dissemination of electronic pornographic materials through the Internet, mobile
communication terminals and phone-sex services. They will take effect Monday.
If a pornographic website has been clicked for more than 250,000 times, the
case would be considered "very severe" and relevant people would be applicable
with sentences of life imprisonment, according to the interpretations.
Depending on the seriousness of the cases, the sentences range from living
under compulsory surveillance, detainment, taking intocustody by the police, to
various terms of imprisonment and life imprisonment.
According to the interpretations, grave cases of non-profit production and
dissemination of pornographic materials are also criminal and subject to
punishment. People who knowingly aid the production and dissemination of
pornographic materials through the above-mentioned means are also culpable and
will be punished.
China's criminal law contains stipulations on the punishment of production
and dissemination of pornographic materials in general.
An official with the Supreme People's Court said the legal interpretations
aim to maintain the normal order of the public network and communications and
the legal rights and interests of the public.