Chinese Court Clears Search Engine Of Allowing Illegal Downloads
November 17, 2006 at 11:17 AM (PT)
REUTERS reports that Chinese Internet search leader BAIDU.COM has been cleared of helping users to download music illegally in a case brought by some of the world's largest music companies.
The INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY, which estimates that about 85% of all music consumed in CHINA is pirated, said it would appeal against the ruling and was confident it would be overturned. "I am amazed by this inexplicable judgment that is totally out of step with Chinese law," IFPI chairman JOHN KENNEDY said in a statement.
The trade group has also blasted YAHOO CHINA's search engine for providing links to websites that offer unlicensed music downloads.