Chinese search engine Baidu is coming in from the cold, inking a licensing deal this morning with three major labels for streaming and downloads via its MP3 Search service. The deal is with One-Stop China (OSC), a joint venture between Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music. Baidu will pay rightsholders on a per-play and per-download basis for songs, and the deal also covers its new social music platform Ting, which is free and ad-supported. As part of the deal, the three labels have ended their outstanding litigation against Baidu for copyright infringement. The New York Times has more details, saying the deal is for two years and 500,000 tracks, and that Baidu will remove all deep links to music belonging to the three labels – although not necessarily those to content from other labels. It adds that Baidu will launch a premium service later this year, with users paying for downloads plus a cloud storage locker. OSC’s shareholders have issued a joint statement: “This deal connects One-Stop’s world-class repertoire of licensed music to a massive audience, creating crucial new opportunities for artists. All parties, especially music fans, will benefit from the growth of this type of compelling music service.” Source: One-Stop China
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