– A Chinese court has ruled that search engine Baidu (NASD: BIDU) is not infringing the
copyrights of major record labels by providing "deep links" to
unauthorized song download files on third-party sites, TorrentFreak reported.

Warner Music (NYSE: WMG), Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG and Universal Music filed a $9 million copyright
infringement lawsuit against Baidu back in 2008 over its MP3 Search service.

statement from attorney Sun Yan cited by JLM Pacific Epoch said that the labels lost
the case because they failed to identify the third-party sites hosting the
unauthorized music downloads.

International record label trade group IFPI
previously sued Baidu in 2005, but lost in both a lower court and on appeal on
charges that Baidu was illegally offering some 200 tracks for download.


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