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TV and radio must face the music

CHINA'S radio and television outlets will have to pay copyright owners for their music, according to new regulations.

The State Council, or the Cabinet, yesterday publicized the regulations that will come into effect on January 1.

It provides three options for radio and television stations to pay copyright owners for music played. They can pay owners according to an agreed amount, or a certain percentage of the station's annual revenue, or according to how long music is played.

The regulations also stipulate that radio stations must pay 0.3 yuan (4 US cents) for every minute of music played, and television must pay 1.5 yuan for each minute.


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