China needs to develop mechanisms to collect broadcast royalties

January 2007


Chinese radio and TV stations are expected to pay royalties on the music they broadcast from next year, when a set of fee collection methods and standards will be officially promulgated. The

“methods and standards” are being drawn up by the Office of Legislative Affairs of the State Council according to a statement from the National Copyright Administration, who refused to be named. In 2001, the Chinese government amended its copyright law, requiring radio and TV stations to pay fees to copyright holders for playing their recordings unless they have reached other agreements on fees. However, specific methods and standards are yet to be set out and

the Music Copyright Society of China had raised a motion to the legislative National People’s Congress (NPC) urging the process be pushed forward.

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