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On Tuesday, China's largest search engine, Baidu, launched an online music distribution service. This will end its ongoing legal disputes with music companies over copyright infringement.
The three companies that have agreed are Warner Music, Sony Music and One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music. Their music will be streamed and downloadable from Baidu, with Baidu paying for every download and play.
The music will be available on Baidu's MP3 search service and its new social music platform, ting!
Baidu had been criticized by the music industry for providing search results linking to pirated material. It was named one of the world's top online and physical markets for pirated goods by U.S. trade representatives. But now Baidu is attempting to repair relationships with content owners.
For the music companies, this new deal will help promote their musicians to the vast number of Baidu users.