Chinese search engine Baidu has lost a copyright infringement case brought by publisher MCSC, focused on the Baidu MP3 Lyrics search service. According to local reports, Beijing People’s Court, Haidian District ordered Baidu to remove links to 50 song lyrics, and pay a total of 60,000 Yuan (around £5,700). The verdict is markedly different from a ruling earlier this year, when the IFPI lost its legal battle against Baidu, after the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court ruled that linking to copyrighted content did not constitute infringement. This latest ruling in favour of a local music publisher certainly indicates that music rights owners in China can be heard. Source: Music Ally Blog
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