A Beijing court has cleared Chinese search giant Baidu of copyright infringement suits brought by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the major record labels. The court’s judgment was simply that the search engine had not broken rules by linking to unauthorized music downloads. In the suit, which was filed in February 2008, Universal Music Group, Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) sought $9 million against Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) and an additional $7.5 million against Chinese web portal Sohu and its Sogou multimedia search site. While the IFPI said it was disappointed, a statement given to Reuters added that the organization is considering its next steps.
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