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NCAC required for complete authorization of music distribution
2017-9-14

Recently, the National Copyright Administration (hereinafter NCAC) met with principals from Tencent Music, Ali Music, Netease Cloud Music and Baidu Taihe Music and discussed the issues on internet music copyright.

It is known that since 2015, internet music providers actively cooperated with NCAC, removed about 2,200,000 pieces of unauthorized music and jointly signed the Self-discipline Declaration on Copyright Protection for Internet Music. Since then, the legitimization of internet music has become an industry consensus and the environment turned better. However, there were some new problems, such as pushing up licensing fees, fighting over exclusive copyrights and the copyright infringements.

It is demanded that internet music service providers should comply with the Copyright Law, implement their responsibilities, and maintain a good order of music copyright. Meanwhile, music providers should also cooperate with and assist NCAC’s supervisory wok and handle copyright disputes through negotiation and mediation; follow the market rules and international conventions in purchasing music copyright.  Price lift, wilful competition of prices, and sole authorization in music copyright should be avoided. In addition to active promotion of widely spread of internet music, transfer and licensing of copyright, elimination of illegal and unjustified barriers, a sound operation and authorization model should be established in accordance with market rules and international conventions.

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