Yahoo China Loses Case On Linking To Unlicensed Music

Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement from TorrentFreak reports Yahoo China lost the case over linking to unlicensed music in China.

Didn’t they already lose the case? Well, in April they were ordered to remove those links and ordered to pay 200,000 yuan. But they then appealed that ruling in November. Now the Beijing Court rejected that appeal and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is victorious.

What confuses a lot of people is that Baidu was sued for a similar issue and they won the case against the music labels back in November of 2006.

John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of the IFPI, said:

We are disappointed that the court did not find Baidu liable, but that judgment was about Baidu’s actions in the past under an old law that is no longer in force.

More coverage can be found at Techmeme.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Legal: Copyright | Yahoo: Legal | Yahoo: Music | Yahoo: Outside US


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