Yahoo China Sued for Copyright Violation – Tim Culpan and John Liu
Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and nine other music firms have sued Yahoo China for alleged copyright violations, the latest effort by global record firms to fight piracy in the world’s most populous country.
Beijing’s intermediate court yesterday accepted the suit, which was filed in January, seeking 5.5 million yuan in compensation from Yahoo China for linking its website to unlicensed music, according to Leong May-seey of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The Yahoo China lawsuit comes four months after Baidu.com, operator of China’s largest search engine, won a case brought by music firms claiming Baidu allowed links to illegal song downloads on its website. About 85 percent of recordings in China are illegal, with sales of pirated music worth $410 million in 2005, according to the IFPI.[Full Text]