Music Law: China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

In International Fashion Law, Music Law by FASHIONENTLAW™

“China’s Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm’s soaring stock price.

Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported on Monday that the government will punish 14 websites that have provided illegal music downloads, including Baidu, China’s top search engine.

Xinhua reported that an official said the websites continued to provide that illegal downloads despite repeated warnings not to. Details regarding the punishment were not released.

“We are aware that songs require approval and have sought to comply with previous notifications from the Ministry of Culture. But search engine indexing is a continuous process and some files may have reappeared in results,” said Kaiser Kuo, a Baidu spokesman, in an emailed statement to Reuters. . .”

~Full Story Billboard.

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