Baidu Takes Authors' Fire

Baidu Inc. and its billionaire co-founder Robin Li are embroiled in a fresh spat over intellectual property, with authors charging that its document-sharing website is a platform for the unlicensed distribution of their works.

Beijing-based Baidu is rushing to assess about 2.8 million files on the website, Baidu Wenku, that have been pointed to as suspected of being unlicensed, said Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo.

Dozens of Chinese authors have lashed out at Baidu, one of China’s biggest Internet operators, and have criticized the company and Mr. Li, one of China’s most prominent entrepreneurs, saying that the site facilitates copyright infringement.

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