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Baidu to launch free legal music downloads
June 9, 2011, 2:23 pm
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Baidu plans on launching a free music download service by the end of the month. The service will be called “Baidu Ting” and is currently being tested by a limited number of users.

China’s recent crackdown on intellectual property infringement has resulted in the shut-down of many similar websites—sites that offer free music streaming and downloading—and whether or not Baidu will eventually come under fire for this new feature is still an object of speculation.

The new music download program is, however, predicated on an agreement reached between Baidu and China’s music copyright society in which the artists will be compensated directly, making the downloads legal.

Foreign governments like the US have voiced their general support for Baidu.

Source: Financial Times

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