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Goojje 'will not change'

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Goojje, the Chinese knockoff of Google Inc, "will not change" its design despite a threat from the US Internet company to sue it over copyright infringement, Huang Jiongxuan, the website's founder, said yesterday.

Goojje's logo resembles the logo of Google Inc and also bears a paw print sign like that of Baidu Inc, the biggest Internet search engine in China and Google Inc's archrival in the country.

The website's interface also imitates those adopted by Google Inc and Baidu Inc, but falls short of the copyright sign and a link indicating the website's license number issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Google has sent the operators of Goojje a cease and desist letter through a Beijing-based law firm. In the letter they demanded that Goojje stop copying Google's logo by Monday or the company will file a lawsuit against them.

Goojje, however, kept its logo and interface unchanged as of yesterday afternoon.

"The website is our team's achievement," Huang, the founder and team leader of Goojje, told China Daily over the phone. "It's impossible that we would close it down."

The team has invested less than 30,000 yuan ($4,400) for the website's set-up, said Huang.

The website has yet to return a profit and Huang is now relying on his family for a living.

But he shrugged off the threat from Google Inc.

"A lot of lawyers have offered to be our counsel for free, and we also have many supporters," he said.

Huang, 24, and seven other team members launched the website on Jan 14, a day after Google announced the company would quit the Chinese market.

These young men's overnight efforts have made a splash in China's cyber world, partly because of the breaking news of Google Inc's exit claims.

Its second syllable, "jje", is the same as the Chinese word for "older sister", while that of Google, "gle", sounds like another word for "older brother".

The website is designed as a search engine, but experts said it produces search results by simply combining those of Google Inc and Baidu Inc, which means Goojje does not have its own search technology.

The website had an average page view of about 3 million in the first few days after its launch, said Huang. The number has fallen to only 2 million lately, which is still remarkable for any website in the early days since its launch.


1. What two search engines does Goojje emulate?

2. How much money was spent on developing the search engine?

3. What significant occurrence happened on the day of the websites launch?


1. Baidu/Google.

2. Less than 30,000 Yuan.

3. Google announced China exit.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Goojje 'will not change'

Goojje 'will not change'

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for China Daily for one year.