According to the good people over at ReadWriteWeb, we here in China are just about to lose access to all our favorite torrent sites. To quote:
A document called Regulations on the Protection of the Right of Communication through Information, created by SARFT in 2006, was posted on its website late last week, just before the agency rounded up and shut down around 530 bittorrent sites, including the 50-million-users-strong BTChina. SARFT states that websites are not allowed to provide audio or video products without specific licenses.
SARFT rep Cao Yunxia told China Tech News that “illegal audio-visual service websites have brought great harm to the media industry and the administration will continue to seek and destroy illegal Internet audio-visual program providers.” Continue reading
According to Loretta Chao in the WSJ today, Google China’s free music service (ad supported stream and download of up to 700,000 tracks) is now dispensing around 5m tracks per day. Despite this, and the emergence of 5 major blue chip advertisers, ad revenues are still fairly small. However, Gary Chen, Orca Dgital’s head of sales tells the WSJ that this will change shortly with some major deals in the pipeline.
Takeup is still slow for some reason – of our circle, we don’t know anyone using the service. Chinese music fanatics are still hopelessly wedded to Baidu and the Chinese equivalent of Rapidshare, Rayfile. Unfortunately, music in China = Baidu or Rayfile, similar to the West where search = Google.
Read the whole article HERE.
We are home! Just in time for the 8 day holiday. What are you guys doing? Modern Sky Festival, 60th birthday celebrations, JZ Music Festival (OK, so that’s not during the holidays)? We will be heading to Beijing for day 1 of Modern Sky, so expect some more localized (and China centric) reporting coming up.