Googling Without a License?

    February 21, 2006

So does Google have the required government license to operate in China? Yes and no.

They don’t have their own license, but are using that of one of their partners.

“Google has a partnership with through which Google has the required license to operate,” said Google spokeswoman Debbie Frost in a written response to questions about the report.

Is this legal? Not even a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Information Industry seems to know. eBay has the same situation, so Google should be ok.

Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world’s most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.

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