The National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China (“NCAC”) is seeking public comments on a controversial draft amendment to China’s copyright law. A number of recording artists and musicians have reacted strongly against this proposed amendment because it appears to encourage using others' works without compensation. The amendments that have drawn particular ire are Articles 46 & 48. Per Article 46, one does not need have consent to make recordings of another person’s musical work if 3 months have passed since such work was published. Per Article 48, to use such person’s musical work, one must contact the NCAC, identify the published material and its author, and within 1 month of use, submit a usage fee as per the NCAC, to facilitate the distribution of payment to applicable parties. A copy of the draft (in Chinese) can be downloaded here. Comments on the draft must be received before April 30, and can be sent via post, fax or email to the addresses provided here.