The suits are for relatively small but still unprecedented (by Asian standards) sums ($9 mill for Baidu and $7.5 mill for Sogou), but could open the floodgates for real money, even by Sen. Dirksen's standards.
Baidu has revenue-sharing deals deals in place with many Chinese labels, including EMI. These have been nixed by the other majors.
Meanwhile, MySpace Music has cut a deal with Warner, Sony BMG, and Universal that offers them equity and ad revenue.
Here is the article, from Business Week, April 14.