Google warns Chinese copycat website: report

Google has warned a copycat Chinese website to stop using a logo that resembles the US Internet giant’s or face possible legal action, state media reported Monday. The warning issued to the “Goojje” website comes as Google is contemplating its future in China after saying it would no longer obey government censorship rules and could pull out entirely over alleged cyberattacks. Google accused Goojje of infringing on its trademark rights, saying the logo of the Chinese website could make users believe it was authorised by or linked to the US company, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported. In a letter sent to Goojje by Google’s lawyers, the US Internet firm demanded the Chinese site stop using the logo by Monday, the report said. Reports have said Goojje was launched last month by a 20-strong team led by a college student identified only by the surname Wen, after Google issued its threat to pull out from China. The operators of Goojje have posted vague statements on the website construed by some media as offering support for Google. Goojje’s homepage imitates Google’s design and its Chinese name ends with a character that means “big sister”. Google’s Chinese name, meanwhile, ends with a character that is a homonym for “big brother”.

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One thought on “Google warns Chinese copycat website: report

  1. IO Warrior

    What’s missing in your blog is that Goojje is asking it’s older brother Google to stay in China and not leave. “Sister was very happy when brother gave up the thought of leaving and stayed for sister,” the website says, in an apparent call for Google to stay in China.

    Anyway, it’s not also about somebody trying to overtake the big American teddy bear

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