Record Companies Ask Advertisers to Boycott

Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group Corp. are among record companies asking advertisers to stop using Inc. Web sites because they claim the Chinese search engine encourages copyright violation. The companies, also including Bertelsmann AG and Sony Corp.'s Sony BMG venture, have joined music industry associations in China, the world's biggest Internet market by users, to step up efforts to combat online piracy.

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