Chinese Search Engine Will Offer Legal Music ServiceAdded: Friday, April 8th, 2011
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Baidu, Chinese search engine giant, is planning to offer its users legal music service in order to help satisfy the entertainment industry which complained that Baidu’s MP3 Search service facilitated copyright violation.
Pro-copyright groups and the creative industry are never tired of complaining that the search engines facilitate copyright infringement and encourage people to download illegal content, thus harming the economy and depriving industry of its profits. Recently this long-lasting battle between Chinese search engine giant named Baidu and the creative industry resulted in the news that the website is going to start a new service. Ad-supported legal music service named Baidu Ting will hit the web some time in May.
Like everywhere in the world, today most of the music available on the MP3 Search service of the Chinese website is unauthorized. The situation has actually been the subject of over 2 years of legal wrangling which caused inconveniences for both Baidu and the creative industry and cost them a lot in legal expenses. Baidu Ting is expected to delete all those copyright infringing links while replacing them with links to legitimate material that users will be able to either stream or download. This will be able thanks to the recent agreement concluded between the Music Copyright Society of China and the Chinese search engine giant, under which the service will pay the copyright group royalty fees for every download.
Although the search giant has been pursued by the creative industry since 2005, it was only a year ago when appeals court judge clarified that the case still had a long ways to go by deciding that providing “deep links” to unauthorized music is not considered copyright violation. Now the new service Baidu Ting will undoubtedly help settle such claims once and for all.
Baidu currently dominates almost 70% of the search engine market in the country, but some observers are sure that half of its MP3 Search service users will refuse to switch to Baidu Ting. Despite such predictions, Baidu Ting is still a very interesting experiment to watch for the most populous country in the world.
April 8th,2011Posted by:
Friday, April 8th, 2011
|but no one will use it though. lol|
|posted by (2011-04-08 20:13:02)|
|i d guess no one will use it because it has music that no one wants screech.||
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