5fad.com, an online digital music provider in Chinaannounced that it has filed a lawsuit against Baidu.com, Inc. on June 10 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit focuses on copyright infringement against Baidu.com. The District Court has since accepted the case.
PPLive Inc. an online video streaming media company announced today that it has already obtained the internet audio and video broadcasting license on April 30, 2008 from the PRC State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT), a Chinese government regulator.
The Xinhua Finance eziData China Consumer Confidence Index (CCCI) was updated today, with the survey results showing that Chinese consumer confidence in May remained unchanged from that in April at 94.9, despite of the serious earthquake disaster which happened in Wenchuan, Sichuan province earlier in the month.
Coral QQ author Chen Shoufu has appealed to the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediary People’s Court after being sentenced to what he believes is a very harsh punishment. Coral QQ was originally written as a patch for Tencent’s QQ users which would allow users to block ads and see the IP and geographical address of their contacts in order to prevent contact with unwanted people.
Baidu is the subject of another lawsuit by a music company called 5fad. The company accused Baidu of violation of intellectual property rights by offering links on the search engine's website to download music for free. Both sides are awaiting the People's High Court of Beijing’s decision following the second hearing on March 3 with the final decision be announced at the end of May.
Xiaowei Dou from China’s General Administration of Publishing and Press told the Chinese media today that the government is planning on drafting a new law protecting the interest of Chinese game companies in various disputes with foreign publishers.
According to Hong Kong media, China mobile recently indicated that it is expecting to receive the government’s approval to operate telecommunication and ISP business through the fixed-line network. According to the report, China Mobile will receive the license as soon as China issues mobile licenses to fixed-line operators.
According to local media, China recently approved 15 companies including Huawei, ZTE, Haier and Datang to manufacturer TD-SCDMA based cell phones for China’s upcoming 3G mobile network. People familiar with the matter says the issue of these permits indicates that the 3G test networks in the 10 selected cities are near completion and it is a step closer to the commercial launch of the next generation mobile services.
The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) said today that it will start testing five mobile TV standards on November 15. According to SAC, the results will be released within approximately one week and the best performing standard will be applied nationally by the end of December.
According to local media, the Chinese government is exploring possibilities of opening electronics industry parks in surrounding countries such as Vietnam and Russia. According to the Ministry of Information Industry, one delegation is currently in Russia negotiating with the local government regarding the park’s establishment and a second team is scheduled to visit Vietnam.