Chinese Gov't Promises (Again) To Punish Baidu For Music Downloads... Despite Baidu Winning In Court
from the how's-that-work-now? dept
Well, now the Chinese government is getting involved, and insists that it's going to punish Baidu for its music download services. There still remain some questions about how involved Baidu really is in the music downloads (i.e., research suggested that it was actively involved in hosting the files and regularly hiding them in new -- but easily findable by Baidu -- places every time a takedown was issued). However, we have seen this game before. The Chinese government has slapped Baidu on the wrist in 2008 and in 2009 for similar or related issues, but never really did much. I'm guessing that once again this is more of a PR move to satisfy US diplomatic pressures.
Of course, even odder is that beyond the fact that the government is going to sanction Baidu despite it winning its court case, the article notes that Baidu has actually "reached an agreement with the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) to pay fees to the MCSC for every song downloaded using Baidu." That certainly suggests that Baidu has figured out a way to go legit... so why announce punishment now?