Baidu appeals copyright defeat for violating copyrights

09:08, June 03, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum has appealed its catastrophic 500,000 yuan ($77,128) court defeat for violating copyrights held by a Shanda Literature website, a Shanghai district court announced on Thursday.

Baidu appealed on May 23 after a Shanghai district court had ordered the Nasdaq-listed search engine giant to pay Shanda Literature subsidiary Cloudary for copyright infringement on May 10.

"The appeal has been transferred to the Shanghai No. 1 People's Intermediary Court in a timely manner," Wu Yixuan, press officer for Luwan District People's Court, told the Global Times on Thursday.

The appeal would start no earlier than June 13, he said. Shanghai No.1 People's Intermediary Court refused to reveal the date.

His client had expected an appeal, lawyer You Minjian told the Global Times on Thursday.

"Shanda Literature is confident the court will again rule against Baidu for infringing their copyright," he said.

Shanda CEO Hou Xiaoqiang was quoted by as saying more than 95 percent of Shanda's copyrighted novels could be found on Baidu Wenku for free, resulting in 1 billion yuan economic losses.

Baidu's defeat was hailed as a major step forward for writers and publishers who allege the search engine is a frequent violator of their work.

The Office of the US Trade Representative in February labeled Baidu a "notorious market" for pirate and counterfeit goods.

Universal Music Group, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group have all sued Baidu over illegal music downloads. Beijing's Haidian District Court found the online services provider guilty in 2005 for offering illegal music files belonging to the Shanghai Busheng Music Culture Media Company.

Shanda filed suit against Baidu at Luwan District People's Court last year.

Li Mao contributed to this story

Source: Global Times
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