The clock is ticking for China’s online streaming services, with less than 10 days to go before they have to rid their sites of unlicensed, free music.

Last week China’s copyright watchdog, the National Copyright Administration (NCA), announced that all related services should remove unlicensed music by the end of the month, adding that those who do not follow the order will be punished with substantial fines.

The latest announcement is part of the Chinese government initiative Sword Net 2015, an anti-piracy campaign that aims to improve online copyright management, better protect royalty holders and restore confidence in the copyright system, said the NCA.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.