But for how long?
As of today -- Monday, August 3, 2015 -- there is still music piracy in China. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, even though the country's National Copyright Administration gave streaming media providers until last Friday, July 31, to remove all unlicensed content from their sites.
Well, that deadline has passed, and sites like VeryCD, which allows illegal downloads, and the popular QQ for streaming, are still up and running and still serving up artists like The Beatles. (Of course, you can find "Let It Be" on YouTube, too.)
That deadline -- a small part of a much wider anti-piracy campaign from the government called "Sword Net 2015" -- was more for show than anything else, with one source telling Billboard we can expect substantive change within the next six months to a year. Indeed, there's an uphill battle for anyone interested in profiting from a Chinese love of music.