In the last update, I have
mentioned a case against Yahoo China brought by the IFPI because of links to web
sites with unlicensed MP3 downloads. In April, a Beijing court ordered
Yahoo! China to pay about 200,000 yuan (26,000 dollars) in damages for assisting
downloads of unlicensed music in other websites and delete 229 links to free
Baidu.com, operator of China's
largest search engine, had more luck last year: In a similar case, but under
other regulations, the company wasn't found liable for copyright
violations. "The Beijing Court has confirmed that Yahoo China has clear
responsibility for removing all links to the infringing tracks on its service,"
Kennedy, the IFPI's chairman and CEO said in a statement. "Because this is a
judgment made under new regulations in China, today's judgment supersedes the
previous decision on Baidu and confirms the responsibility of all similar music
search providers in China." Yahoo! China plans to file an appeal.
April 24, 2007:
Yahoo China ordered to curb music links, CNN:
"A Beijing court has ordered Yahoo China to delete links to free Web sites
offering music-downloads and to pay about 200,000 yuan ($27,200) for
facilitating distribution of unlicensed songs by other sites, Xinhua news
agency reported on Tuesday."
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