Chinese Court Rules Yahoo China Liable For Copyright Infringement
The International. Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has revealed that Beijing’s high court has upheld the convictions for copyright infringement of Yahoo! China, a joint partly owned by Yahoo Inc. Charges against Baidu, another online music service operating in China, were dismissed and the concern will not be held liable.
According to the court, Yahoo China “runs an operation enabling users to search for, play and download pirate music without ever leaving its website.” A lower court ruled in April against the service, and Beijing’s high court dismissed Yahoo’s appeal.
Baidu was convicted under previous, now outdated Chinese copyright law. The Beijing court upheld the conviction, but “the ruling confirmed that Baidu participated with and assisted third-party sites in transmitting infringing music, but under the old laws, Baidu was not liable for copyright infringement.”