Don’t Mention 1989: Taylor Swift Bans Herself in China

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Digital
Don’t Mention 1989: Taylor Swift Bans Herself in China

Here behind ‘The Great Firewall’, in a completely enclosed internet, the Chinese digital music industry can often feel somewhat cut off from its Western counterparts – unrelated industry narratives running in parallel, ne’er to overlap. It is a rare and curious thing, therefore, for the PRC to be part of a global story, as it […]

Ramble On: Intellectual Property Rights and The Chinese Music Industry (Interview/DongDong special)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Copyright Law
Ramble On: Intellectual Property Rights and The Chinese Music Industry (Interview/DongDong special)

China Music Business is the proud sponsor of the “Whats New In IPR in China?” panel at this yearsDongDong music industry conference in Beijing, Nov 26th-29th. In only it’s second year, DongDonghas quickly become a must attend event for anyone working in China’s independent music business, with a range of panels, workshops, seminars and a full festival/showcase program. As the moderator […]

Whack-A-Mole: A Brief History of Music Piracy in China

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Copyright Law
Whack-A-Mole: A Brief History of Music Piracy in China

Copyright owners have long lamented rampant media piracy in China. For years, international film and music industry groups have estimated the piracy rate for optical disc media (CDs, DVDs, and VCDs) to be at least eighty-five to ninety percent. As recently as 2011, virtually all music downloads in China were unauthorized. Subsequently, the international major record […]

Making Amends: China Music Copyright Law Primer

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Copyright Law
Making Amends: China Music Copyright Law Primer

Many people wonder why piracy of copyrighted works in China is such a persistent, difficult problem to tackle, and some may wonder whether China even has a modern copyright law at all. The aim of this article is to provide some background regarding China’s copyright law for those interested in understanding what China’s copyright environment […]

Glaciers Aligning: Progress In The Chinese Digital Music Industry

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 in Digital
Glaciers Aligning: Progress In The Chinese Digital Music Industry

In March 2013, Gao Xiaosong – a famous Chinese music composer, producer and TV talent judge – announced that on 1st July of the same year “the Chinese online music market will step into an era of legal copies”. Of course, the 1st July came and went and nothing much seemed to change. While the […]