(By You Yunting) According to a report in the New York Times, as also reported by some European websites, Google is recompiling its searched news results as a news page. It may be said that this method could infringe the copyright of the original publishing websites and, as a result, Google should pay fees for the websites. This idea has received support from both the French and German Governments, yet Google believes that its behavior fully conforms to the law, and thus should not have to pay any fees. In China, the main search engines Google and Baidu provide this kind of news search service, and today’s post will discuss whether it is lawful for news websites to claim fees from the search engines.
By Albert Chen
Recently, as researched by Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court (note: the link is in Chinese), the judicial protection of Online Intellectual Property Rights in China has not kept pace with the development of Internet technology and online services in the country. Among these protections, it has been found that the Anti Unfair Competition Law has not sufficiently covered all situations in which unfair competitive behavior is an issue. Specifically, it has been found that provisions of the Anti Unfair Competition Act cover only about fifty percent of cases involving Online Unfair Competition. As for the remaining cases, they can only be governed by the principles outlined in Article 2 of the Anti Unfair Competition Law , providing that “[. . .]an operator shall, in market transactions, abide by principles of voluntariness, equality, fairness, honesty and credibility, and observe generally recognized business ethics.” In today’s post, we would like to share our analysis on the Chinese Anti Unfair Competition Law, and to discuss each situation as can be seen under the current law.