Online music markets in China: The broader picture and the role of copyright and DRM

Montgomery, Lucy (2005) Online music markets in China: The broader picture and the role of copyright and DRM. INDICARE Monitor, 2(9).


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China is one of the most difficult markets in the world for copyright owners. Illegal distribution networks are well established and consumers are used to content that is either free or very cheap. China’s legal system is still in the process of developing and the Chinese gov-ernment regularly fails to enforce its own IP legislation. As a result, translating formal rights into royalty payments is extremely tough. This article, which is based in part on interviews by the author, describes the present communication infrastructure, social habits, and the copyright environment in mainland China. Against this background the potential role of DRM systems and innovative business models is discussed.

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ID Code: 2818
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: country report, business models, consumer expectations, copyright law, music markets, piracy, China
ISSN: 1614-287X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:29

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