An intellectual property court has ordered search giant Baidu to pay a fine of 64.5 million ($9.82 million) by the end of the week for continuing to use another company’s digital maps after the licensing contract expired.
Baidu said it would appeal the judgment and claimed that it did not infringe the copyright of navigation software developer NavInfo, and is counter-suing the company for violating the copyright of its own Baidu Map.
Its defence came unstuck due to over 200 pieces of “flawed information” that NavInfo inserted in its original maps as a kind of digital watermark, showing things like oddly- shaped water features and roads leading to nowhere.
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