Baidu Sues Qihoo 360 In China For Search Engine Sitemap Format Plagiarism
Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Company Ltd. is claiming CNY500,000 in damages as it sues rival Beijing Qihoo Technology Company Ltd. for for allegedly plagiarizing the sitemap documentation content and format of the Zhanzhang.baidu.com platform.
Baidu said that its Zhanzhang webmaster support platform was formally launched on September 16, 2011. The Chinese search engine says that with the original and innovative Baidu Zhanzhang platform help documentation and Baidu sitemap tool help documentation, the company aimed to help third-party website operators create and submit statistics to Baidu's Zhanzhang platform. Baidu claimed that the company owns the copyright to these two forms of documentation.
On January 24, 2013, Qihoo launched its 360 search website, on which the company allegedly plagiarized the contents and formats of Baidu Zhanzhang platform help documentation and Baidu sitemap tool help documentation, said Baidu.