Now that the Beijing Intermediate People's Court has accepted the copyright infringement suits brought by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the major record labels, the amounts of their recent lawsuits against Chinese websites can now been made public: Universal Music Group, Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG and Warner are seeking $9 million against Chinese search giant Baidu and $7.5 million against web portal Sohu and its Sogou multimedia search site. The suits were filed in February. The Beijing court said it would allow the suits to go through last week. More details in the IFPI release.
By David Kaplan