26 Mar '11, 1pm

Baidu apologises to writers in copyright dispute

BEIJING - CHINESE search engine giant Baidu apologised on Saturday to writers who accused it of violating their copyright and promised to delete infringing items within the next three days. 'We will now make a concerted effort and devote considerable technological and manpower resources towards getting rid of any infringing content in the next three days,' Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo told AFP. 'We apologise to any authors or publishers whose feelings may have been hurt by the presence of infringing content on Baidu.' The dispute began last week when more than 40 writers including top-selling author Han Han signed a letter blasting Baidu for providing their works as free downloads on its online library Baidu Wenku without their permission. State media reported on Friday that negotiations between the Internet giant and Chinese writers to resolve the dispute had broken down, a...

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