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Pussy Riot, Rock and Roll and China

For The International Herald Tribune’s Rendezvous blog, Mark McDonald explores the world of Chinese rock music in light of the Pussy Riot verdict in Russia: The case has some echoes in China, which tolerates little...

Industry Group Sues China Search Engine

A domestic music industry association has sued Baidu for violating copyrights, according to AP: Music Copyright Society official Qu Jingming said in a statement posted on the society’s Web site Friday that Baidu.com Inc....

‘Chaos’ of China’s Music Industry

In China, illegal music downloading from internet and pirated CDs make it hard for pop stars to earn money. That’s also a key reason why they “rely heavily on commercial performances, which make up more than half of...

The Future of Free? – Chris Anderson

Long Tail author and Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson writes about a visit to China to discuss the possibility of finding a new business model based on the distribution of free music (that is, piracy): China represents rock bottom for the music industry, especially on the economics of the creative side. The CD business has evaporated, […]

Pop Saves Hong Kong – Benedict Leung

From Tofu Magazine: When we see the generalised merchandising of words, things, bodies and souls, communication technology, now more than ever, plays a central ideological role in silencing thought. In this new age of alienation, the increasing use of pop stars by the media and in advertising illustrates this debasing process. Pop star culture is […]

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