Thursday, December 15, 2005

Karaoke parlors will be automatically charged in Guangzhou

The government of the capital of Guangdong province (Canton) Guangzhou, plans to launch a copyright protection system in karaoke parlors, according to the Guangzhou Daily.

"The system will track which songs are played in karaoke parlors and will automatically update using China's proprietary digital decoding system DRA. Karaoke parlors will be charged for each time a song is played. A charging standard has not been set, though the report said that the government is leaning towards a one Yuan fee for each time a song is played. The report said the system will complete a trial in 2006 and will help eliminate piracy at karaoke parlors by 2010."

Source: Pacific Epoch

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