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Yahoo is 2nd largest search engine in China, but certainly not immune to litigation

The problems for Yahoo China are continuing to mount. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organization that protects international music interests, is suing Yahoo China because the search engine allegedly links to sites that are hosting illegally pirated music. Unless the two sides enter negotiations and come to an agreement, the search engine company will be sued in as early as “a few weeks.”  The IFPI claims that up to 90 percent of all music recordings in China are illegal.  It is not publicly known how much monetary compensation the IFPI will be seeking from Yahoo China and Baidu. 

Yahoo China isn't the only search engine company having problems. Baidu.com, the most used search engine in China, is being sued by EMI, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal, Go East Entertainment Co., Gold Label Entertainment, Cinepoly Records and Warner Music Group.  The record companies plan to use a new law that became effective on July 1 which will fine the distributors of illegally copyrighted music and movies up to $12,500.  In theory, the search engines will have to browse and confirm each video and music link is a legitimate, non-copyrighted file.

As mentioned earlier in the article, Yahoo has had problems because of censorship and what some have considered unethical practices in China.  Yahoo is reportedly the biggest censor in China, according to Reporters Without Borders.  However, since Yahoo is operating its business in China, the company must abide by all laws and regulations of China.  The site is also being accused of taking part in getting a Chinese journalist jailed.


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ppl missing the point here
By ChugokuOtaku on 7/5/2006 8:38:04 AM , Rating: 2
For those of you who'd never visited the search engine, this is the link:
http://music.yahoo.com.cn/

the difference between any other search engine capable of pulling up sites with links to mp3s and the one in question is that the Yahoo! China has a designated mp3 search engine that directly links mp3 files available for download(also does wma, rm, etc). This allows searching for "pirated" music online highly efficient... which is probably what got these record industries off their asses to sue.




RE: ppl missing the point here
By masher2 (blog) on 7/5/2006 9:10:37 AM , Rating: 2
> "Yahoo! China has a designated mp3 search engine..."

Excellent find. And yes, I agree, this makes all the difference in the world.


RE: ppl missing the point here
By Trisped on 7/5/2006 12:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
> "Yahoo! China has a designated mp3 search engine..."

Excellent find. And yes, I agree, this makes all the difference in the world.
Ditto


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