This has been in the works for a long time. Today, Google and over 100 record labels broke a lot of barriers, both cultural and legal, to start an online music downloading service available only in China. Negotiations to open the service have been carrying on for years. Apparently, over 100 record labels, including the largest (Warner, Sony, EMI, Vivendi) have licensed their music for free download in China. Ad sales in China will serve as Google’s revenue stream.
This accomplishment breaks legal barriers, in that the music industry has stood adverse to China for almost a decade now because of the rampant music piracy in the country. Now, all of China will be given the opportunity to legally download the copyrighted music from the record labels that have fought the piracy battle for so long. Here is to a new day in music copyrights . . .