In February, several major labels filed a lawsuit against Chinese web portal Baidu for copyright infringement, citing its deep-linking to sites offering illegal music downloads. Well, the case is now going to court – the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court to be precise (it's like the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, except Chinese, and with judges instead of detectives). Anyway, the labels – UMG, Sony BMG and WMG – are seeking damages of $9 million for copyright infringement of 127 tracks. It's not the first time Baidu has been sued by the music industry – last time round it was cleared, but only because the lawsuit was filed before the introduction of new regulations covering liability for this sort of thing.
Baidu copyright infringement lawsuit gets the go-ahead
April 8th, 2008 by Music Ally