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Feud of competing food search websites ends in court

A local company was ordered to apologize to its competitor and pay it 8,000 yuan in compensation for defaming its competitor online, a Shanghai court said today. The Gourmet Navigator (Shanghai) Inc. which runs a food searching engine, www.gudumami.com, found some online ads openly defaming its website in 2009. Ads, such as "Log on 95171 instead of Gournavi" or "Gournavi can't help you. We can," would pop up if Internet users typed "Gournavi" on Google. When people clicked those ads, they were led to www.95171.cn, which provides similar services. Shanghai Bangzhu Information Technology Co which runs the competing website did not stop defaming their competitor though Gournavi sent it two letters, asking to delete the ads. The Pudong New Area People's Court said Shanghai Bangzhu's behavior was an act of improper competition and the ads had done some damage to the plaintiff's reputation and business.

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