NCC Passes Draft Bill Aimed at OTT Providers|NCC通過OTT專法草案 明訂業者必須登記公視 (2020-07-16 00:00)
On July 15, the National Communications Commission passed a draft bill on the management of Internet audiovisual services, which is aimed at service providers such as Netflix. The draft bill requires providers to register and local companies to assist the government in blocking illegal providers.
On July 15, the National Communications Commission passed a draft bill on the management of Internet audiovisual services, which is aimed at illegal "over-the-top" or OTT service providers. This is the first special law in the world regulating OTT providers, and it is hoped that it will prevent illegal providers from establishing a presence in Taiwan as well as pirated content while protecting the public's audiovisual rights. Some scholars say the intentions were good, but there is still room for discussion on how the law should be implemented.
You enacted this law or set this policy. The effectiveness depends on whether the establishment of this law can help you to achieve your objectives. Let's say you want to catch the big fish and let the small ones go. Who are the big fish? YouTube is one we all know, it is the biggest video platform on the Internet. As for the small fish, what defines small? You'll jeopardize people if you don't think things through.
The draft bill stipulates that OTT providers such as Netflix or LINE TV must register with the NCC. The law intends to "catch the big fish and let the small fish go." Providers are also required to regularly disclose information such as revenues or subscriber numbers. They may not provide content that jeopardizes national security or information security. With regards to the entry of "illegal" providers into Taiwan, the draft bill requires Taiwan companies to refrain from providing telecom, Internet, and cloud services to these providers. They will also be required to work with the government to block illegal services and content or risk being heavily fined. Cable providers say the NCC should examine related laws while enacting this law to set the same management standards for cable and OTT providers.
It's low-level (regulation). Registering is not approving. Domestic companies are under an approval system. When the Internet comes in, we of course have to examine domestic companies and determine whether they can compete with international companies. The answer right now is absolutely not. There are huge differences in output value and scope. Second of all, there is the circumstance of inherently inconsistent regulations.
The NCC says discussion on the draft bill will involve a wide range of topics, and the exact content of the bill will be made public in several weeks' time after it is confirmed and collated. There will also be public hearings to solicit opinions to perfect the law.