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Ministry orders cleanup of online music

(China Daily)

10:41, August 30, 2011

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The Ministry of Culture has ordered domestic websites to halt playback and download services for 100 songs from other markets that were not officially approved before being uploaded to the Internet.

"A website that is engaged in the operation of an online music product must go through procedures with the ministry before providing playback and download services for the song on the Internet," Li Jian, an official in the ministry's department of cultural markets, told China Daily on Sunday.

The ministry, which is in charge of online music, reviews all imported online music products and operates a registration system for domestic ones.

"The procedure is a bid to strike out copyright infringement and refine the order of the online cultural market," Li said.

Domestic search engines and websites have been asked to review and cancel services dealing with the listed songs by Sept 15 or face investigations and penalties, according to a notice on the ministry's website.

The 100 songs are all from markets beyond the mainland such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Western countries. The list features music by Lady Gaga and Backstreet Boys.

Li said all music websites must follow the system of exclusive licensing of online music.

"If one website first registers a song with our ministry, other websites have to obtain authorization from this website before providing services for the song," he said.

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Harald at 2011-08-30194.209.126.*
Music artist should earn their income with concerts, TV appearances etc. recorded music should be available for free, everywhere in the world. China comes closest to that, despite western pressure

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