Since the 1990s, China has been a global hub for the production of media devices such as CDs and DVDs. While a number of regulations have been put in place to control the production and distribution of audiovisual products, the recent shift to online distribution and downloading has led to a regulatory regime which is often difficult to apply to the current environment. Moreover, while private investment has grown considerably in this industry in the recent decades, foreign investment remains tightly controlled. This guide covers various issues involved in the production, import and distribution of audiovisual products, as well as piracy in both traditional and online formats.