Chinese Government and Music Tech Industry Move Towards Legal
Not every phenomenon or behavior that is experienced in the western part of the world is true to the world as a whole. Take digital music and online music sales for example – in the United States, the story of the mp3 has been retold many times. It started with a simple way to transcribe analog music into a digital form, but the usefulness of the mp3 was realized by its small size. A file sharing application was invented that allowed users to basically share songs in a short amount of time. Although mp3 usage was widespread across the world, the effect it had on users differed from place to place.
Here in the United States, many record companies found themselves losing a lot of money due to piracy. Attempts to enforce piracy laws had no real effect, so app developers began creating clever ways of keeping their music in house. In China, the entire music download culture was much different to begin with. Although there are illegal downloads that happen every day, it was not such a huge deal as it is here. China has been slow to adapt file sharing standards, but they have plan to begin rethinking their strategies.