An online library operated by Chinese search engine giant Baidu is drawing criticism that its becoming the next online hotbed for pirated works, IDG News reports. This week, a group of 40 Chinese writers released a letter condemning Baidu for allowing unauthorized copies of their works to be made available on the library site. The letter claims that Baidu facilitated this piracy to attract more users. “Baidu has already degenerated into a company of thieves,” the letter from the writers said. Baidu Library allows users to upload documents that can then be viewed online for free. Over 20 million documents have been uploaded since the site’s launch at the end of 2009. Baidu Library also offers a features a store that is starting to sell books online…

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