Media News - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A Chinese court ordered Internet search giant Baidu Inc. to compensate three writers for a fraction of the amount they were seeking for failing to protect copyrighted material in a widely watched trial featuring two of the country’s most popular authors. The case, which included hugely popular blogger Han Han and novelist Hao Qun, better known by his pen name Murong Xuecun, was widely watched. But the outcome means it is likely to have little impact on the way copyright cases are handled, highlighting the struggles of both artists and Internet companies to control the rampant exchange of pirated content on the web in China. Baidu, widely known as the Google of China, must pay CNY 145,000 (USD 22,900) to the three writers after it did not take the necessary steps to prevent their works from being distributed illegally on its document sharing site, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. Han Han originally sued for CNY 760,000, according to Xinhua. The court also rejected other demands, including that Baidu shut down its document sharing site, known as Baidu Wenku. (Wall Street Journal)
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