Baidu, Record Cos. Ink Landmark Licensing Deal

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT) -- Baidu Inc. — the Chinese Internet giant criticized by U.S. trade officials as a piracy haven — reached a licensing deal Tuesday with three major music labels to provide free downloading to consumers and end pending copyright litigation.

Baidu has long been a notorious source for pirated music downloads — showing up on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's February list of markets known for intellectual property violations — and Tuesday's deal will trade the search engine's oft-criticized easy access to illegal tunes for a...
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