R2G Chief Operating Officer Scarlett Li told the newspaper that Baidu had taken out Web links to more than 3,000 music files of a single popular Chinese song alone. She added that the search engine was also looking into links to more than 50,000 files.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu.com Inc., China's biggest Internet search engine and which is pursuing a U.S. public listing, has agreed to remove links to thousands of Internet sites offering pirated music, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Beijing-based Baidu agreed to take action following complaints by R2G, a tracker of piracy and manager of licenses for music publishers, R2G told the Financial Times.
A Baidu spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.
Baidu last week said it was seeking an initial public offering worth up to $80 million, according to a prospectus filed with U.S. securities regulators. The company is 2.6-percent owned by global Internet search giant Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote , Profile , Research ).
According to its prospectus, Baidu, quoting market research, said that 22 percent of traffic on its Web site came from users of its search platform for MP3, a popular format for music files.