- In September 2006 zeven Hong Kong music companies brought a law suit against Baidu at Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. Baidu was acquited in November, because it would be merely linking to third parties, see IP Dragon's post about it here and again Rouse's China IP Express, Issue 265 here. International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organisation that represented the music companies was going to appeal.
- But in early 2008 three music companies brought a case against Baidu and Sohu/Sogou at Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.
The plainiffs were:
- Universal Music;
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong, and;
- Warner Music Hong Kong.
Marcia Ellis, Jean Zheng and Paul Weiss wrote a concise article about the 'Safe Harbour Protection in China: How China's New Regulations Protect the Information Dissemination Rights of Digital Networks'. Please take note that the "new" Regulation on Protection of the Right to Network Dissemination of Information entered into force on July 1, 2006.
The most important rule is article 23:
Article 23 Regulation on Protection of the Right to Network Dissemination of Information:
"A network service provider that provides searching or linking services to a service object, and has disconnected the link to a work, performance, or audio-visual recording infringing on an other’s right after receiving notification from the owner, shall not be liable for compensation; however, if it knew or should have known that the linked work, performance, or audio-visual recording has infringed upon an other’s right, it shall bear liability for joint infringement."