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Baidu sued by Chinese music group for copyright violation

Baidu sued by Chinese music group for copyright violation

China's top search engine Baidu.com has been sued by a local music industry group for alleged copyright violation, according to a statement released by the group.
On its Web site Friday, the Music Copyright Society of China quoted official Qu Jingming as accusing Baidu.com Inc. of "providing music listening, broadcasting and downloading services in various forms on its Web site without approval, and through unfettered piracy, earning huge advertising revenue on its huge number of hits."
The industry group said Baidu's piracy forced legitimate online music providers to shut down.
The group said in the statement dated Thursday it filed a lawsuit against Baidu in a Beijing court in January, alleging it illegally used 50 songs and demanding compensation.
An outside publicist for Baidu didn't immediately respond to a reporter's e-mail seeking comment.
It is the second recent similar action from the industry.
The International Federation of Phonographic Industries said earlier this month several music publishers have filed a lawsuit against Baidu, accusing it of aiding illicit online copying.
That lawsuit demanded Baidu remove links to thousands of sites that carry unlicensed copies of music.
The companies that launched that legal action were Universal Music Ltd., Sony BMG Music Entertainment Ltd., Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd. and Hong Kong-based Gold Label Entertainment Ltd., according to the IFPI.
Baidu is China's most popular search engine, with 60.1 percent of the sector's revenues, according to Analysys International, a Beijing-based research firm. Google Inc.'s China arm is in second place with 25.9 percent, and Yahoo Inc.'s China site is third with 9.6 percent.


Updated : 2021-06-13 04:45 GMT+08:00