Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Criticism of Baidu

Apparently, the U.S. is not the only country with problems with of the members of The Naughty List. In China, Baidu, is a very popular search engine that provides copyrighted works posted by users.

Earlier this month, a group of Chinese authors circulated a letter vowing to stop creating works if their works continue to be infringed. The authors blame the web service for allowing the posting of copyrighted works.

Reuters conducted further searches on the Baidu website and found popular books by Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling also available.

Baidu claims that they take down infringing works upon investigation of complaints. Apparently, a previous case found that Baidu was not an infringer or violate any Chinese laws. Is anyone familiar with this case? Is this similar to the infringement analysis for YouTube in the United States?

Baidu has responded to the criticism by saying it would introduce anti-piracy technology starting in May. This past week, Baidu also announced that it had deleted over 2 millions files from its online library.

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