LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A Chinese music website has filed a lawsuit against Baidu.com, demanding a suspension of its service that allows access to free music products owned by the plaintiff and 100 million yuan (13 million U.S. dollars) in compensation.
5fad.com announced on Wednesday in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, that Baidu, one of China’s largest Internet search engines, had posted links to websites offering free playing and downloading of more than 1,000 pieces of its copyrighted music through a so-called “deep link” function.
Wu Duanping, president of Zhejiang Fanya E-commerce Co. Ltd., which owns the website, said his company suffered financial losses because of Baidu’s downloading service. He said 5fad had sent dozens of formal notifications to Baidu asking it to suspend the service, but Baidu had failed to respond.
Beijing High People’s Court has accepted the case.
An officer with the media department of Baidu.com said in a telephone interview with Xinhua that it was the fifth lawsuit lodged by 5fad.com against Baidu since last year over illegal MP3 downloading.
The music website had withdrawn the charges twice, a Zhejiang court turned down one case and a Beijing court ruled in favor of Baidu in a final-instance verdict, said the officer who declined to give her name.
She did not rule out the possibility that 5fad was trying to promote itself by filing charges against Baidu.
She claimed that Baidu had made efforts in the protection of Internet intellectual property rights.
The case came after a group of international music companies lost a lawsuit against Baidu last year for similar copyright infringement accusations.