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This post was edited by Jaaja at 2017-10-25 21:23|
sfphoto Post time: 2017-10-25 19:31
I am not contesting the fact that Google and Facebook serves global markets but merely pointing ou ...
So both Baidu and Google are in the search engine business therefore Baidu is a copycat of Google.
In no way want I imply that creating search engine B after example of search engine A is against any regulations, or even copying per se.
It is much more detailed technical solutions, algorithms, occassionally user interface innovations, that could fall under questionable copying.
It is same as building roads or railways. It is not copying if another country builds roads or high speed railways too, but if they copy some patented building material or kidnap your engineers to work for them, then it is not acceptable.
If for example Google deviced some completely revolutionary way of providing search results, then it would be understandable if Baidu would copy it, as long as it is also suitable for Chinese market. Certainly they can't be expected to just sit idle and wait until someone at their lab comes up with the same innovation out of nowhere.
why should Baidu and Tencent copy from Google and Facebook if they don't compete against each other and don't serve the same markets?
To that question I would reply with same question put another way - in the pretext that they don't compete or serve same markets, why shouldn't they copy? It would be much more questionable or illegal to copy, if they competed in same markets.
That said, there are some universalities that apply across markets.
If you can, you can open Google Translate and Baidu Translate side by side - see anything similar? Even if Baidu Translate was all Chinese, the UI itself looks so much like Google's, that even a half-blind foreigner could use it, once he figured how to choose the languages in Chinese. But is that copying? Not in my opinion. It's like building a road - two countries can build equally good road.
Most innovation that happens in developing internet applications or software in general is not dependant on language or locality. The opposite in my opinion - languages and localization needs drive much of software development. Machine translation and related services (lately hardware) is a good example of that.
I'm sure that almost every developed country has their own machine translation providers similar to Google Translate (even my small home country - small in both population and language - has several), but globally or even locally they are nowhere near Google Translate in market share, or number of supported languages.