Chinese Internet companies have received letters of
intent on infringement of music copyright, after
cases of online music piracy were filed this year.
Sixty Chinese Internet media companies, including
Netease.com Inc. and Baidu.com Inc., have indicated
that they will abide by the regulations pertaining to
the protection of online music intellectual property,
according to R2G, a firm acting as a centralized
music distribution platform in China. R2G’s work
includes protecting the interests of copyright owners
and curbing online piracy in the Chinese market.
In fact, just last week Netease suspended its online
music search service over concerns about copyright
piracy, a move that could create pressure on other
leading internet companies to follow suit.
According to statistics, there are presently more
than 7,000 online music websites in China, and
almost all of them offer free music downloads
without having obtained prior permission and
approval from the relevant music authors and