ICP license

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ICP license (abbreviation for Internet Content Provider; Chinese: ICP备案; pinyin: ICP bèi'àn; literally: "ICP record") is a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to permit China-based websites to operate in China. The ICP license numbers for Chinese websites can often be found on the bottom of the front webpage.

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This license regime was instated by the Telecommunications Regulations of the People's Republic of China (《中华人民共和国电信条例》) that was promulgated in September 2000.[1] By the letter of the law, all websites with their own domain name that operate inside China are required to obtain a license, and China-based Internet service providers are required to block the site if a license is not acquired within a grace period. Licenses are issued at the provincial level.

Operating from China is also a prerequisite for acquiring a license. Foreign companies such as Google, unable to acquire an ICP license on their own, often partner with Chinese Internet companies to use the licenses of the Chinese company.[2][3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ State Council of the People's Republic of China (2005-12-10). "中华人民共和国电信条例" (in Chinese). Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  2. ^ Bishop, John; Chris Myrick (2006-02-23). "Google license issue seized by China to make political statement". Focus. Forbes. Retrieved 2008-06-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2006-02-21). "Nothing unusual about Google borrowing ICP". Infoworld. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 

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