IFPI sues Baidu over deep linking

Chinese search engine Baidu.com is not only the biggest search engine in China, but the third largest search engine globally. According to comScore metrics for December 2007, Baidu.com handled 3.4 billion queries that month to Microsoft’s 1.9 billion.

Part of Baidu’s popularity, at least according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, stems from its disregard for intellectual property. The IFPI announced today that legal proceedings have been started against Baidu and a handful of other Chinese companies for their role in supporting privacy. The crime? Baidu provides links to file-sharing sites and, in many instances, direct links to pirated songs hosted on servers throughout the country. Separate legal action has been brought against web portal Sohu as well as Yahoo China, the latter of which is “refusing to comply” with a December ruling regarding such “deep linking.” (link)


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