Door Cracks for Video-sharing Web Sites

Caijing has the latest on the regulations covering video-sharing websites:

Three small Web sites have won government licenses for video-sharing services in China, a move seen as a signal that Beijing authorities may be widening the door to popular content.

But China’s three leading video-sharing sites — Tudou.com, youku.com and 56.com — were not included on the latest list of license awardees.

Instead, Caijing learned the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television () granted licenses to the minor private sites Ku6.com, uusee.com and 6.cn.

An industry insider told Caijing the government remains cautious about video-sharing sites, whose content authorities find difficult to control. “The government will test the water by offering licenses to smaller operators,” the source said.

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