Baidu Sued

It was bound to happen. Baidu wants to be a major player and catch the world’s eye. It had its initial public offering (IPO) just last month. But when you play with the big kids, you have to play by their rules. And the big kids care about intellectual property rights. So now the world’s biggest music companies are suing Baidu.

Could this be the beginning of the end for Baidu MP3 Search?

Update: this is part one of a possible chain of events which has already been predicted. The end result? Google buys Baidu. Chinawhite also has some thoughts on this. We’ll see what happens…

Related: Using Baidu MP3 Search

Thanks to Eden for bringing the story to my attention.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. It happened to the others that tried similar things, like Napster. The framework might have changed a little but their intent was the same: free music without paying the piper.

  2. A Chinese saying “树大招风”, though Baidu is not the best MP3 search engine in my eyes.

  3. Baidu being sued

    Baidu being sued by Universal, EMI, Warner, Sony BMG and local subsidiaries.

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