Chinese karaoke parlors to start paying royalties

China's popular karaoke parlors will have to begin paying royalties on the music videos they use beginning on January 1, state media reported yesterday.
The China Audio and Video Association announced the decision over the weekend despite a chorus of complaints from karaoke lounge operators across the country, Xinhua news agency reported.
According to rates set by the National Copyright Administration, karaoke parlors in bigger cities will be charged up to 12 yuan (US$1.5) per private room per day, Xinhua said.
Lower rates may be set for less developed regions, said Wang Huapeng, an official with the China Audio-Video Management Collective.

Updated : 2021-01-28 18:13 GMT+08:00