Shanghai – A court in China has found leading search engine
Baidu (NASD: BIDU) guilty of copyright infringement, and ordered the company to pay $84,722
in damages for offering links to unauthorized downloads of five novels from
literary website Qidian.com, Reuters reports.
Qidian sued Baidu in March 2010;
Baidu told Reuters it has already filed an appeal of the decision.
government recently said it planned to punish Baidu and other sites for linking
to unauthorized music downloads.
The company was cleared of copyright infringement
charges on music links after being sued by both the IFPI and separately by U.S.
record labels in China.
(DMW previous coverage)