Imitation websites of both Google and YouTube have emerged in China as the country faces off against the real Google over its local operations.
YouTubecn.Com offers videos from the real YouTube, which is owned by Google and blocked in China. The Google imitation is called Goojje and includes a plea for the US-based company not to leave China, after it threatened this month to do so in a dispute over Web censorship and cyber attacks.
The separate projects went up within a day of each other in mid-January, just after Google's threat to leave.
"What's the reaction in these cases? In the US, you have a lawsuit. In China, it's just 'eh,' unless they're really doing damage to the brand," said T R Harrington, CEO of China-based Darwin Marketing.
Both knockoff sites were still working today. It wasn't clear what Chinese authorities would do with them, if anything.
China's National Copyright Administration has been cracking down on illegally run websites and this month issued a code of ethics, but no statement was posted on its site today about the new imitations.
Google had little comment. "The only comment I can give you right now is just to confirm that we're not affiliated," spokeswoman Jessica Powell said in an e-mail.