FRAPA has issued an open letter to Reed Midem putting pressure on the MIPCOM organiser to address China’s controversial place at the international TV market.
Our letter comes in response to China being named “Country of Honour” for MIPCOM despite numerous IP theft claims by Chinese companies in recent years.
We wrote: “When there is no free exchange of content, and one side does not recognize the inherent value of outside content creation, yet insists on selling and not buying, it can result in misunderstanding, confusion, distrust and bad business practices that harm the entire industry. All of us attend the markets such as MIPTV and MIPCOM for the primary purpose of promoting and selling the IP that we and our partners have created. If a major territory does not respect this business model, we all suffer the consequences.”
We have requested to jointly organize a conference or panel discussion with Reed Midem that will feature relevant stakeholders from both Chinese authorities and companies, along with a delegation of interested Western and other Asian companies. It is our prescribed desire to foster an open dialogue that might lead to open trade and resolution of serious infringement issues facing our community.
China’s Radio and Television Administration cracked down on foreign current affairs titles, as well as some feature films and animation, outlawing foreign TV shows in their entirety for prime time slots, and revealing plans to enforce a 30% quota on streaming platforms for any imported content. In 2016, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) introduced regulations that limit nationwide broadcasters to airing only two adaptations of foreign formats a year in primetime.
We also would like to stress that at the same time there are many great companies in China, some of the FRAPA members, who are willing to cooperate and who are in fact delivering great original content. We believe that at this moment, an open debate and appraisal for good practice is an appropriate way to address the issue.