China orders Tencent to give up exclusive music licensing rights as crackdown continues



A Tencent signal on the World Web Convention (WIC) in Wuzhen, China, October 20, 2019.

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China’s antitrust regulator has ordered Tencent to surrender its unique music licensing rights and slapped a high quality on the corporate for anti-competitive conduct, as Beijing continues to crack down on its web giants at house.

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on Saturday imposed a high quality of 500,000 yuan ($77,141) on the corporate citing violations in its acquisition of China Music in 2016.

Following that acquisition, Tencent owns greater than 80% of unique music library assets, giving the corporate a bonus over its rivals because it is ready to attain extra unique offers with copyright holders, SAMR stated in a press release.

The competitors watchdog ordered Tencent and its associates to relinquish unique music rights inside 30 days, and to finish necessities for copyright holders to grant the corporate higher therapy than to its rivals.


Tencent should report back to the SAMR on its progress yearly for 3 years, in keeping with the assertion, and the antitrust regulator will strictly supervise its implementation in keeping with regulation.

In response, Tencent stated in a press release it should “adjust to all of the regulatory necessities, fulfill our social duties and contribute to wholesome competitors available in the market.”

Tencent will work with associates, together with Tencent Music Entertainment, to make these adjustments and guarantee full compliance, it stated.

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