Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Baidu Attempts Mediation with Music Giants

From Forbes: China's Baidu in mediation talks with music companies

"China's biggest Internet search engine Baidu and seven global music groups agreed to enter into mediation on the first day of a copyright trial, state media reported.

The music companies including Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony BMG are suing the Nasdaq-listed Baidu whose MP3 search technology provide links to websites which allegedly allows users to illegally download copyrighted music. The companies are suing Baidu for allegedly infringing the copyright of 137 songs and are seeking 1.67 mln yuan ($ 200.000) in compensation.

Baidu has maintained it is not at fault as it merely provides the search technology and not the offending downloading service."

Read more:
Baidu Guilty of Copyright Infringement
Sony, Warner, EMI Sue Baidu Over Free Music Downloads
Netease Drops Music Search Service To Cut Piracy
China's Baidu Sued for Piracy ahead of IPO

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