China’s second largest search engine, Yahoo, is to be sued by the music industry for allegedly providing online links to websites offering illegal music downloads.
Speaking to Bloomberg.com, John Kennedy, chairman of recording industry organization the IFPI, said we’ve started the process and as far as we’re concerned we’re on a track to litigation.
A new Chinese law that fines distributors of illegally copied music and films over the internet up to $12,500 dollars may be used in the case.
The organization claims that around 90% of downloadable tracks in China are illegal, with annual sales of pirated music reaching almost $400 million.
Yahoo China is run by Alibab.com, of which Yahoo owns 40%.
Last year seven record labels including EMI, Sony BMG and Warner filed a civil suit against China’s most-used search-engine, Baidu.com.