Taiwan pop star Jay Chou's songs will likely be withdrawn from certain KTV venues, such as Holiday and Cash Box, affiliated by his former agent Alfa Music, Beijing Morning Post
reported on Tuesday.
The withdrawal is due to the expiry of Jay Chou's contract with Alfa Music, the terms of which claim that Jay Chou owns the copyright to all of the songs on his albums, and that Alfa Music only had the power of attorney during their contract period. When the contract expired on Mar. 1, 2007, Alfa Music should, legally, stop using Chou's songs in their KTV centres.
The pop singer's agency in the Chinese mainland, Jushi Music, says that they are now talking about renewing the contract with Alfa, and that the KTV centres will only have to stop broadcasting the songs and pay them copyright fees if they cannot reach an agreement on the matter. However, the company insists that no customers will be affected by the dispute.
Currently, Jay Chou's works are still being broadcasting throughout these popular KTV venues. And a company official from Shanghai Cash Box says that they still have yet to receive any information to the contrary from their head office.
Alfa Music is currently refusing to speak on the issue, saying the matter had been put forward to their legal department.
(CRI.cn March 22, 2007)