A deal between Chinese Internet search giant Baidu and major record labels will help reduce the trade of pirated music in the world's most populous country, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Baidu announced One Stop China, a joint venture with Sony Music, Warner Music, and Universal Music. The two-year licensing deal will allow users in China to download and stream more than 500,000 songs for free.
"The announcement of a licensing deal between some of America's leading music labels and Baidu is a major step forward in the fight against the rampant piracy of the intellectual property," said Schiff, who co-chairs the International Anti Piracy Caucus. "I applaud the deal and hope it is the first of many more steps by Baidu and other Chinese companies to respect international copyright norms."
China isoften accused of being a haven for pirated content, and the deal is expected to reshape the way users find music online, according to The New York Times.
Baidu has been listed as a "rogue site" by the International Anti Piracy Caucus as recently as last year. "Approximately half of unauthorized music downloads in China take place through Baidu links," the caucus says in its 2011 Watchlist,
Schiff said he hopes the agreement will send a message to other international websites accused of providing pirated content.