China’s Media Regulator Admonishes Music-Streaming Services

Once chastised for supporting digital music piracy, China’s tech giants are now zealous copyright crusaders, vying against each other for exclusive deals and stamping out smaller competitors, much to the chagrin of the country’s media regulator.

On Sept. 12 and 13, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) called together the heads of internet companies and record labels, and ordered them to stop signing exclusive content deals, driving up prices for song rights, and using artists’ work without authorization.

According to online notices, SAPPRFT issued its warning to Tencent Music Entertainment Group, Ali Music Group, NetEase Cloud Music, and Baidu Taihe Music — all owned by enormous companies — as well as to over 20 domestic and international record labels, including Universal, Sony, Warner, and Emperor Entertainment.

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