08 May '11, 2am

Baidu plans legal music downloads

Baidu plans legal music downloads

China's biggest search engine, Baidu Inc, plans to provide free downloads of copyrighted music from next week. The move comes as a response to increasing criticism of its involvement in copyright infringement. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING - CHINA'S biggest search engine, Baidu Inc, plans to provide free downloads of copyrighted music from next week. The move comes as a response to increasing criticism of its involvement in copyright infringement. The new service, Baidu Ting, will see the search giant in head-to-head competition with its rival Google Inc, which has invested in Top100.cn, a website offering legal music downloads. 'Copyrighted music will be the direction of Baidu's music business in the future, and our music-search service will also be based on legal content,' said Catherine Leung, general manager of the company's digital entertainment business. However, she sai...

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