/ September 8, 2009

New Rules for Offering Music Online in China

China’s government is requiring music sites to seek approval from censors for all foreign songs distributed on the Internet.  China’s Ministry of Culture is requiring all  music providers out of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan submit lyrics translated into Chinese (along with other documents) for every song they wish to sell in China to prevent the “intermingling of good and bad content” online.  Search engines like Baidu and Google will be fall under the providers regulated.

Google already began cooperating with Chinese law blocking songs that have been banned by the government in its role as a music provider.  Still, providing documentation for every song that shows up in a Google search seems tough.  To do business in China, Google might have to find a way.

Source: ARS Technica

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