Chinese Search Engine Drops Music Search

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NetEase has bowed to US concerns on music piracy and disabled a music search service from its Chinese portal.

Commerce Secretary Carlos Guitterez’s last visit to Beijing in July may have had an impact. A Bloomberg report notes how China’s NetEase will end its music search service due to copyright concerns.

Other search engines in China have yet to follow up on promises made to Mr. Guiterrez and the US trade delegation at that meeting, where a high-ranking Chinese official made pledges to cooperate with US anti-piracy law enforcement operations while bolstering the nation’s internal efforts to thwart piracy.

US businesses have long complained about China’s role in piracy of intellectual property. The movie, music, and software industries have lengthy laundry lists of complaints about piracy in China, and the ineffectiveness and/or unwillingness of Beijing to crack down harder on the practice.

A Chinese anti-piracy firm executive was quoted in the Bloomberg report as saying more than 7,000 sites in China offer illicit music downloads for online visitors.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Chinese Search Engine Drops Music Search
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