Baidu Wins Again; Chinese Court Finds No Copyright Infringement In Linking To Music

from the maybe-the-ifpi-should-withdraw-from-china dept

One of the biggest reasons why Baidu has been so popular in China is because it helps people find music to download. Of course, it mostly finds unauthorized tracks, and once Baidu became a public company, the lawsuits quickly followed. Baidu won, but the record labels/IFPI sued again. However, once again, it appears to be for naught, as a court has ruled in favor of Baidu, saying that just linking to infringing content isn't infringing itself, and pointing out that the IFPI failed to point to a specific site that was actually hosting the infringing content. While I think that the basic reasoning behind the ruling (just linking to infringing content shouldn't be considered infringing) makes sense, there actually is a fair amount of evidence that Baidu is a lot more involved in actually hosting and hiding the content itself. Of course, you also have to wonder how much the fact that Baidu is a Chinese company, and the IFPI represents foreign labels, played into the way this has turned out. Perhaps the IFPI could take a page from Google's book and "leave" China as well.
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Filed Under: baidu, china, copyright, infringement
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  1. identicon
    :), 26 Jan 2010 @ 10:24pm

    Yahoo!

    Baidu was innocent but Yahoo!(in 2007) was not (here

    Beijing, 20th December 2007

    The international recording industry today hailed a landmark Beijing court ruling confirming that Yahoo China’s music delivery service violates Chinese law by facilitating mass copyright infringement.


    About China:

    China weapons sales fuel conflicts around the world
    Chinese wars since 1368 not counting the historic wars from ancient China that were before the Sinotization process
    1949: Yangtze incident (the battle against British warships on the Yangtze river).
    1954 to 1955: First Taiwan Strait Crisis.
    1958: Second Taiwan Strait Crisis at Quemoy and Matsu.
    1967: Chola incident with India.
    1965 to 1970: Vietnam War (over 320,000 Chinese soldiers served in North Vietnam).
    1969 to 1978: Sino-Soviet border conflict.
    1974: Battle of the Paracel Islands.
    1986 and 1988: Border and naval skirmishes with Vietnam.
    1995 to 1996: Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.
    1997 PLA Control of Hong Kong's Military Defense
    Sinicization of others religions and ethinic groups inside China
    Not to mention that is a process that been happening since before China even was a country.

    China today is recouping some scientific prestige but others in the region are far ahead of them, China have a tremendous amount of poor people that revolt frequently and nobody seems to notice inside but on the outside people get glimpses of what China state run government really is, maybe that is why they are so worried about image, but one thing is certain China is all about terminating other cultures inside its borders, they don't take notice of small groups but once you gain any prominence they will move quickly to destroy it to preserve the "chinese identity" and that is not a new thing either it comes from millennia back that alone should worry people because it is a xenophobic vision of the world and it is ingrained inside that society those who understand chinese and read forums can clearly see how discriminatory the normal chinese citizen is, and that also reflects on how companies operate inside China, they don't respect you if you are not chinese no matter what the propaganda says you will not get the same treatment as a chinese company ever for good or for worst this is China.

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