Chinese writers win copyright battle against search engine Baidu

Baidu will pay damages for failing to guard against illegal distribution of copyrighted works, but writers say the amount is too low

A Chinese court awarded damages to three well-known authors in their copyright battle against search engine giant Baidu Inc., ruling that the company failed to prevent the writers’ works from being illegally posted on its document sharing site.

But it wasn’t quite a storybook ending for the victorious scribes. The trio, which included blogger Han Han and novelist Hao Qun, won just 145,000 yuan ($22,900) in damages, significantly less than the 760,000 yuan ($120,280) they originally sought. The court also denied the authors’ request to shutter Baidu’s document sharing site.

Alanna Byrne

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