Wikimedia Foundation Receives Donation of Wikipedia's Chinese trademark from Hudong.com

Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:30pm EDT

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Wikimedia Foundation Receives Donation of Wikipedia's Chinese trademark from
Hudong.com

BEIJING, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Hudong.com, the world's largest
Chinese encyclopedia website free to everyone, today announced that the
company donated the Chinese trademark of Wikipedia to the Wikimedia
Foundation.
    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090922/CNTU048 )
    "The rapid development of Hudong.com demonstrates the increasing momentum
of the wiki-enabled Chinese encyclopedia website," said Mr. Jimmy Wales,
honorary chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation. "The major task that lies ahead
for Chinese encyclopedia websites is determining how to expand their
international influence."
    "As the founder of Wikipedia, Mr. Jimmy Wales has been devoted to
achieving the goal of creating a free encyclopedia available to every single
person. In addition, Mr. Wales has championed the observance of neutrality on
Wikipedia. Hudong.com has maintained these same principles since its founding
in 2005," said Dr. Pan Haidong, founder and CEO of Hudong.com. "Hudong.com
registered the Chinese Wikipedia trademark in 2007 in an effort to ensure the
sound development of Wikipedia in China and avoid the undesirable consequences
brought by any malicious trademark registrations. The donation of the
trademark to the Wikimedia Foundation not only marks both parties' common
desire to promote free knowledge nationally and internationally, but also our
concerted efforts to aid the development of wiki websites in China."
    About Hudong.com
    As the world's largest Chinese encyclopedia website, Hudong.com has been
committed to providing hundreds of millions of Chinese users with vast,
comprehensive and updated encyclopedic information. In addition, the website
continues to improve the ways in which users are able to create, access and
share information with the help of its proprietary wiki platform. Hudong.com
released HDWiki, the first-ever Chinese wiki software with free open source
code, which serves the need of millions of Chinese SMBs to build wiki websites
and applications. An active wiki community associated with the site has grown,
contributing to the accelerated development of wiki industry in China. As of
September 2009, Hudong.com contains 3.23 million articles, 3.47 billion words
and three million pictures contributed by one million users.
    As a company that has raised US$30 million from DCM earlier this year,
Hudong.com is an innovative company that enjoys a bright and promising future.
The company has a seasoned team with both international experience and local
expertise.
    For further information, please visit: http://www.hudong.com .
SOURCE  Hudong.com

Jane Liu, Marketing Dept., +86-10-6230-3126 x683, Fax +86-10- 6230-3125, or
liujing@hudong.com
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