Beijing: Chinese search engine Baidu's online shopping mall has been shut down in less than 24 hours of its launch over suspected copyright issues.
The copyright experts said that Baidu's cloud computing-based e-mall allegedly gave users much more freedom, which was likely to result in the abuse of copyrights, the China Daily reports.
According to the report, the e-mall allowed users to trade electronic files, including videos, pictures, documents, as well as music.
Users could also post transaction information and comments, which were done via Baidu's payment platform, baifubao, the report added.
Earlier, the company said it doesn't own copyrights of all the electronic files uploaded by its users, nor does it have the obligation to check the files.
The search engine required potential users to sell copyrighted resources based on an honor system, and if any copyright complaints were filed, the use of related electronic resources will be stopped, Baidu said.
The statement, however, was criticized by the experts.