IFPI Knocked by Chinese decision

December 2006

Internet, record labels

Following on from a Spanish Court’s decision that private downloading for personal use wasn’t illegal, The Chinese Internet search leader Baidu.com has been cleared of helping users to download music illegally in a case brought by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry on behalf of some of the world’s largest music companies. The IFPI which estimates that about 85 percent of all music consumed in China is pirated, said it would appeal against the ruling by the No. 1 Intermediate Court of Beijing and was confident it would be overturned. I am amazed by this inexplicable judgment that is totally out of step with Chinese law,” IFPI chairman John Kennedy said in a statement.  The decision seems to have been made on the basis that Baidu merely links to infringing third party sites and hosts no infringing material itself. Its links do not differentiate between legal sites and infringing sites.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/art/2006/11/20/297569/Music_giants_lose_online_copyright_fight.htmand http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/21/baidu_wins_music_downloading_ruling/

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