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.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: baidu, china, copyright, infringement
Companies: baidu, ifpi

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. icon
    The Anti-Mike (profile), 26 Jan 2010 @ 9:01pm

    Re: A Society...

    Welcome to "talking out of your ass", web version.

    Buddhist temples are widespread in China, and very popular places to visit as the lunar new year comes by. I burned a little incense last week, a bit early but well intentioned. Many of these temples are not only religious shrines, but also attract many tourists each year.

    Green? I would say that 10 - 20% of the moped style scooters I see in China are electric. Danyang makes a number of models, very popular with commuters.

    IP laws? They have plenty. Few of them are enforced. There is too much pushing and shoving on the issues between the central government and the provinces, as the provincial leaders often appear to profit directly or indirectly through IP abuses.

    War? Let's just say that the chinese military is often busy, just not in ways that make headlines.

    You did get the science and industry part right. China should click off another 10% growth year in 2010, even with the brakes on the economy harder and harder all the time.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.