KTV bars in China have been asked to remove more than 6,000 songs. CFP
Ke Linglu, an 18-year-old student from Nankai University, likes to visit KTV bars in her spare time. It is a good way to relax and bond with friends.
However, a recent announcement worried Ke and other karaoke fans. They were concerned about whether they would be able to order their favorite songs in the KTV bars in the future.
China Audio-Video Copyright Association (CAVCA) issued a notice to ask KTV bars across China to remove over 6,000 songs by Oct 31. The songs include Ten Years by Hong Kong singer Eason Chan, Bubble by fellow Hong Kong musician G.E.M. and Listen to the Ocean by singer A-Mei from Taiwan.
According to a statement by CAVCA on Nov 5, the move aimed to crack down on copyright infringements.
CAVCA is the only association to manage audio-visual content in China. Over 90 percent of KTV songs in the country are authorized by the CAVCA. However, CAVCA does not have the authorization of the 6,000-plus songs, according to China Economic Net.
“Without licensing, no karaoke boxes should use those songs, otherwise it is copyright violation,” the statement explained.
Many Chinese people are discussing the move from CAVCA. Some fear that it will kill the fun of KTV in China. “There weren’t that many songs in the KTV bars in the first place. If these songs are no longer allowed, I would prefer to sing at home,” Tan Lihui, an 18-year-old university student from Chongqing, told TEENS.
Others supported CAVCA. “It could sound the alarm to KTV operators and promote a better awareness of copyright protection among people,” Du Wenhao, a reporter wrote on China City News.
The move came as the Chinese government is strengthening copyright protection. In July, it started a four-month national campaign to stop online copyright infringement. The campaign targeted online reposts of articles, video clips and games.
There is also increasing awareness of copyright protection among Chinese people, especially the young, Wang Qian, a professor of copyright in East China University of Political Science and Law, told Global Times.
A Tencent report from 2016 said that the younger generation had a better awareness of copyright protection and was more willing to pay for high-quality songs.
“I believe that with the growth of the younger generation, the copyright awareness of Chinese people will become stronger and stronger,”Zhang Ya, a 32-year-old software engineer who firmly supports copyright protection, told Global Times.