Industry Group Sues China Search Engine

A domestic music industry association has sued Baidu for violating copyrights, according to AP:

Music Copyright Society official Qu Jingming said in a statement posted on the society’s Web site Friday that Inc. provided “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 copyright society said its lawsuit, filed in a Beijing court in January, claims Baidu used 50 songs illegally and demands compensation. The alleged piracy forced legitimate online music providers to shut down, the industry group said.

…It is the second such lawsuit against Baidu.

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