I am Joannes Vermorel, founder at Lokad. I am also an engineer from the Corps des Mines who initially graduated from the ENS.

I have been passionate about computer science, software matters and data mining for almost two decades. (RSS - ATOM)

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Copied by the Chinese government

Apparently, my company website has been copied by an official branch of the Chinese government. Although, Ghandi has said that Imitation was the sincerest form of flattery, I am not sure how I should handle such a blatant ripoff of Lokad's copyrights.

Key interesting facts:

  • plenty of "left-over" on the Chinese website from the original one.

  • imaginative ways of recycling irrelevant illustrations.

  • it's a website, that is to say an official Department of the Government of China.

The Business of Software folks have already quite few ideas on the subject. I will probably ponder the case a few days to decided what to do next.

Co-worker suggestion:
Rinat is suggesting me to recontact them saying that since they appear to like our website that much, they might want to try our forecasting technology too.

A few screenshots in case the Chinese website gets updated: 1, 2 and 3.

Reader Comments (4)

This is just crazy ! How did you find out about it ? Google alert I guess ?

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremmanuel

Just search for "Lokad" on Google actually. Later on, I also noticed a few incoming links in the Google Webmaster Tools console.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoannes

[...] small company is getting visibility momentum. After managing to get copied by the Chinese Government itself, Lokad is now listed on the blog of S. Somagar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at [...]

Why don't you use the chinese translation to add another language to YOUR website. After all, they hopefully have done at least a decent job at translating it!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

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