Search Engine Baidu Runs Into Copyright Issues

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BaiduChinese search engine Baidu is running into issues as it expands it’s services outside of the Chinese borders.  The search engine includes a file-sharing service where users can upload and download files.  Japanese publishing firms have decided to set their sites on which has some manga titles available through the file-sharing service.

Publisher Kodansha is demanding Baidu remove the items or face legal action.  Baidu has said it is verifying and deleting any material that violates local copyright law.  The company says the uploads violate their terms of service.

This isn’t the first time Baidu has run into problems.  Chinese net censors blocked access to the service after it was discovered you could access and download pornographic material.  China is a bit strict about accessing that content, among other things.