Change Agents: Inside China’s Music Copyright Law (Panel/DongDong Special)

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Copyright Law | No Comments
Change Agents: Inside China’s Music Copyright Law (Panel/DongDong Special)

In November last year, Beijing music industry conference DongDong played host to a panel focusing on the development of music copyright in China, curated and moderated by China Music Business. The panel consisted of three China music industry heavyweights – each of whom has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of copyright law […]

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

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Digital Music | 21 Comments
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 by on Oct 30, 2014 in Copyright Law | One Comment
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 years DongDong music industry conference in Beijing, Nov 26th-29th. In only it’s second year, DongDong has quickly become a must attend event for anyone working in China’s independent music business, with a range of panels, workshops, seminars […]

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

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Copyright Law | 6 Comments
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 […]

Making Amends: China Music Copyright Law Primer

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Copyright Law | 4 Comments
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 is […]

Glaciers Aligning: Progress In The Chinese Digital Music Industry

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Digital Music | 6 Comments
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 […]

Notes on a Scandal: Corruption at China’s Top Classical Music Academies

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Institutions | No Comments
Notes on a Scandal: Corruption at China’s Top Classical Music Academies

For young musicians looking to enter Beijing’s prestigious Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), the jury audition is the most stressful performance of their nascent careers. For many of their professors, however, it’s the most profitable time of the year. “The new semester is when they make all their money,” admits one professor over lunch, requesting […]