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date: 02 June 2020

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There are multiple forces that influence intermediary liability regulation in the People’s Republic of China (China). This chapter applies a holistic approach by analysing these individual forces to assess their influence on intermediary liability regulation in China. On the one hand, China’s draft E-Commerce Law raises the standard for knowledge before infringing information can be removed, while the many laws and regulations involved in censorship exclude the possibility of ignorance. On the other hand, there is case law, recently codified in guidelines for Beijing courts, which reinforces the duties of care. Moreover, this chapter connects discussions about the desirability of safe harbours and the degree of filtering requirements with the ongoing technological development of big data and artificial intelligence in China. In this context, the chapter also discusses self-regulation and pressure for online service providers to take on more responsibility in China.

Keywords: China, intermediaries, safe harbour, liability, trade mark, copyright, big data, artificial intelligence

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