Courts tell Baidu to stop music download service
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu.com has been ordered by the courts to stop providing their users with the music download service after some of the music companies in the region filed lawsuit against the company. However, the interesting part of the whole scenario is that the web service just provides a search engine for finding existing content on the internet and does not host any of the relevant content in the scenario.
Baidu provides their users with a music search engine enabling them to find downloadable music files from the internet. As per the courts ruling, they would now have to stop providing this service which the music companies claimed encouraged digital music piracy in the country. They were also fined a sum of RMB 68,000 for this offence.
The company says that they would appeal against the ruling considering the courts have totally ignored the fact that they are not hosting the copyrighted content and only act as a search engine. Companyâ€™s lawyer Decheng Li of Beijing law firm Zhonglun W&D said in a statement: “We believe that the district court order was based on a misunderstanding of the search engine technology and therefore is without merit.”