Baidu To Lose Its Advantage By Going Public?

from the the-perils-of-going-public dept

Last week, when Chinese search engine Baidu announced plans to go public, we linked to the SiliconBeat report saying that Baidu’s one big advantage over Google (an investor in Baidu) was that Baidu pointed people to illegal copies of music. That leads to the obvious question of whether or not going public in the US would put pressure on Baidu to stop this practice. The answer, apparently, is yes. Baidu has said that they will be taking out all the links to downloadable music from their site. They’ve already removed 3,000 and will be looking at another 50,000. Of course, if this is their one main advantage over Google — and they’re removing it — you have to wonder what they’re left with? It might make for a questionable long term investment if going public strips them of the one factor that differentiates them from the competition.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Baidu To Lose Its Advantage By Going Public?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...