Chinese Search Engine Cleared Of Music Piracy
January 27, 2010 at 5:21 AM (PT)
BAIDU, the largest search engine in CHINA, has been cleared of piracy in a dispute with the music industry, reports REUTERS. The IFPI, which represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising some 1400 record companies in 72 countries, said on TUESDAY it was very disappointed with the ruling after a court in CHINA decided that the search engine had not broken rules by linking to music downloads that infringe copyright.
SOHU, another CHINESE search engine was also cleared, the IFPI said. "The judgments in the BAIDU and SOHU/SOGOU cases are extremely disappointing, and we are considering our next steps," the IFPI said in a statement. "The verdicts do not reflect the reality that both operators have built their music search businesses on the basis of facilitating mass copyright infringement, to the detriment of artists, producers and all those involved in China's legitimate music market."
"The case was launched in the BEIJING No. 1 Intermediate People's Court by UNIVERSAL MUSIC, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT HONG KONG and WARNER MUSIC HONG KONG in early 2008," writes REUTERS.