Baidu Inc., the leading search engine in China, claiming a major share in search market after the closure of Google’s operations in China, last year, is under fire from writers due to its platform, providing vast opportunities to copyright violation.
Baidu Library, one of the largest online document sharing hub, is the reason of wrath from numerous writers, who claim that “Baidu’s vicious platform” allows users to upload books, documents and copyright material with the consent of associated writers. The library currently consists of an approximate of 3 million books and documents ready to be shared, including the most popular, the most recent, and the must read.
Baidu has responded by pledging that it would take concerted efforts to combat copyright infringement. According to their statement, the company will devote considerable technological resources and manpower towards getting rid of any infringing content in the next 72 hours.
According to the Rich List, 2011 released by Forbes magazine, Baidu’s CEO, Robin Li, is the richest man in China, with a 9.4 billion dollar fortune.