China Search Engine Faces Monopoly Claims

Renren Information Service accused Baidu, China's No. 1 Internet search engine, of violating the antimonopoly law when it restricted search access to a subsidiary's Web site as punishment for reducing the amount of advertising it spent with the search engine, according to Kirby Chien.

Chien writes that a search for "Renren" on Google in the United States found 6,690 pages, while only four were found on Baidu. According to Chien, Baidu also has open court cases brought by Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music, accusing it of directing users to unauthorized music download Web sites.

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