Collecting Societies

Under the PRC Copyright Law, any music related audio-visual product may be administered by the MCSC. Currently, MCSC mainly focuses on the following rights:

a) Right of reproduction
b) Right of distribution
c) Right of performance
d) Right of broadcasting
e) Right of communication through information network.

Under the Regulations of Administration of Collective Management of Copyright (promulgated by PRC State Council), the business scope of a new Collective Society should not overlap or mix with the business scope of an existing Collective Society.  The MCSC and CAVCA both issue licenses for the reproduction and distribution of audiovisual products, but for different subject matter – MCSC collects royalties for “music works", while CAVCA collects royalties for “audiovisual recordings”. 

All the rates quoted below are pre-tax ones, i.e., MCSC shall pay both the income tax and the VAT after they receive the payment of royalties.

+86 10 65232656
+86 10 65232657 (Membership issues); (Database of works); (License for Reproduction); (License for Performance); (License for Broadcasting); (In-house Lawyer).


5/F Jing Fang Building, 33 Dong Dan San Tiao,
Beijing, 100005, PRC

Information for MCSC was contributed by the CMO through WIPO

  • Music publishers
  • Lyricists, Composers
Rights administered by the Collecting Society? Right held by virtue of a law or statute? Possible by law to have these rights cleared directly by the right holder without involving the Collecting Society?
Reproduction / copying rights Yes No Yes
Public performance rights Yes No Yes
Distribution rights / rights to issue copies to the public Yes No Yes
Rights to communicate to the public / make available over the internet Yes No Yes
Other rights  
  • CAVCA and MSCS report that they administer broadcasting rights
Yes No Yes