Baidu to pay artists for pirated music

By Emil ยท 5 replies
Apr 4, 2011
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  1. China's largest search engine Baidu has announced that it will begin paying Music Copyright Society of China, an agency that takes care of songwriters, for music downloaded from the site. The decision comes after years of complaints from the record industry saying that the Chinese search engine has been providing direct download links to MP3s from the darker corners of the Internet.

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    OUTLAWXXX TS Rookie Posts: 51

    F*ck those record labels quite frankly... They are outdated and hoard way more than their fair share of the profit. They remind me of a bank racking in a massive amount of profit for only taking risk? This is interesting though. Wonder if Baidu will attempt to pay American artists...
  3. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Nope. They won't pay out to American artists. To be fair they would have to pay out to artists from all over the globe whose music has gone through thier servers. I doubt they have the money for that.
  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +168

    It looks from the texts that only songwriters will get paid, i.e., the singers won't. Considering the low royalty rates songwriters get anyway, there's a chance they could pay them anywhere. Most of the money goes to the singers through the record labels (which take 90%+ of the profit, so obviously won't be happy).
  5. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    If China pirates music as much as it does Windows OS, this could get expensive. Why else would it take so long to give in? I don't know, sounds fishy.
  6. there are 2 things that come to mind when reading this story...

    1) Is it possible that the Chinese government set this up so set a "court of law precedent" to now go after google bucks?


    2) That they are that stupid to see the search engine has nothing to do with it.... Example... After having their home broken into, why can't a home owner sue the Chinese government for making roads that allow access to the victims home?

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