China - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

China - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

Report Description

Piracy has some major implications on the whole music industry. The real effect on the sale of music cannot be accurately determined as the participators in the digital market does not usually follow the general behavior of demand and supply. The cost of digital distribution of music is fairly low as compared to the traditional methods that were used earlier. The majority of files that are shared over internet is based on zero price in monetary terms. Consumers prefer to listen to music without paying a single penny. And this in turn leads to a great fall in the revenues which are generated by the artists or content owners.

China-Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018 elucidates the growth and consequences of piracy experienced in the Music Industry. Due to this the economic ramifications are increasing among the stakeholders and in the global music industry. Core reason being the progress and development in internet and smartphone usage.

The report has done an in-depth analysis of the existing legal frameworks in China in relation to the copyright infringements. It has explained specific rights and liabilities of the artists, record labels and broadcasters.

The consumption of music has increased tremendously but so has piracy. The copyright laws in China have become obsolete to fight the issues of online piracy. The internet has provided enumerable ways for the violators to keep their identity anonymous. This makes it difficult for the authorities to regulate and track the offenders on the web.

Piracy in China is regarded as one of the highest in the world. Artists and music labels have suffered huge losses because of growing piracy in China. As per the copyright law anyone who commits any infringing act shall bear the civil liability. These provisions are explained in detail in the report.

Music industry is now confronting new avenues in which their rights are getting infringed and the rate of their revenues are diminishing. The laws alone are not adequate enough to tackle this issue, that is why technological upgradations are necessary to be implemented by the governmental authorities.

The report has provided various recommendations based on the social, legal, economical and technological aspects of music piracy through online platforms. These recommendations are valuable for the record labels and artists for securing their copyrights and also tracking and tracing the pirates online.

The report has also analyzed the music market in China and it shows the revenue generation in the industry through various platforms.


Music Industry has lost up to $32 BN in 2017.

Table of


Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Scope and Approach
    1. Internet – Downloads, Streams & Pirates
    2. Definitions & Terminologies
  3. China Music Piracy Perception Index
  4. Analysis of Copyright laws - International Law/Treaties/Agreements
    1. WIPO Internet Treaties
    2. WIPO Copyright Treaty
    3. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
    4. Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
  5. China - Analysis of Copyright laws - National Laws
  6. Legal Analysis
    1. The Chinan Copyright Act, 1968
    2. Copyright Regulations, 1969
  7. Issues addressed
    1. Piracy
    2. Artist Rights
    3. Record Label Rights
    4. Broadcaster Rights
  8. Strategic Recommendations
    1. Recommendation 1
    2. Recommendation 2
    3. Recommendation 3
    4. Recommendation 4
    5. Recommendation 5

List of


List of Graphs

  1. Subscription and Ad-Supported Revenues Versus -2016
  2. Annual global recorded music revenue in billions of dollars (2007-2017)
  3. Growth in Internet Users in Billions (2007-2017)
  4. Fixed Broadband Penetration in Developed and Developing nations (2011-2017)
  5. Mobile Broadband Penetration in Developed and Developing nations (2010-2017)
  6. Internet Users, Smartphone Users and Adoption Rate(Smartphone) (2011-2017)
  7. Mobile Data traffic share by content category-2017
  8. Growth in Streaming (2011-2017)
  9. Global Recorded Music Industry Revenues in USD Billions- (2005-2017)
  10. Top 30 Money Makers of Music Industry
  11. Billion Gigabytes of file Shared per month-(2008-2017)
  12. Global Digital Revenue (US $ Billion)-2007-2017
  13. Worldwide paid Subscribers of Internet Radio Services (in Million)-2017
  14. Google URL takedown requests up to 2017
  15. Loss in Revenue due to Music Piracy in EU (Euro Million)-2017
  16. China Music Industry Revenue US $ Million-2016

Country Analysed


A Complete Analysis of Chinese Music and Artists



International, National and Regional Laws

International Laws-

  1. WIPO Internet Treaties 
    1. WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996
    2. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, 1996
  2. EU Copyright Directive, 2001
  3. Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), 2012
  4. John Doe Orders


  1. Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, 2010
  2. PRC tort law, 2009
  3. PRC Civil Code, 1986
International, National and Regional Laws


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