Summary Box: Baidu, music labels launch service

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 11:47 AM

THE SERVICE: Chinese search engine operator Baidu Inc. will distribute music from three global labels.

LEGAL MUSIC: Those behind the deal say it could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The venture steps up Baidu's rivalry with Google Inc., which closed its China search engine last year but still operates a music download service there.