Baidu Wenku, Baidu’s answer to Google Books and who is notorious for offering pirated e-books or copyright materials for free, launched an e-publishing platform yesterday. It is meant to solve the copyright problem once and forever by having copyright-holding agencies or individuals to publish e-books or any other form of writing on the platform.

Any individual or organization is allowed to apply. Payments are supported by online banking services. Baidu promises not to interfere in pricing and not to take a revenue cut in three years.

Some online content providers and individual authors have got on board, its official site shows. More traditional publishing houses will join in. Baidu claims there have been three million pieces of copyrighted works on the platform.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com