Studios sue Google's China partner

Six US film studios have filed civil complaints against Chinese file-sharing firm Xunlei Networking, part-owned by Google, for copyright infringement and are seeking more than Yn7 million (E0.7m) in damages and costs, the Motion Picture Association said.

MPA said that the plaintiffs were also seeking a public acknowledgement of the infringements as well as a pledge from Xunlei to refrain from future infringements. MPA said that Xunlei facilitated the unauthorised transmission of hundreds of Hollywood movies produced by its members. Google said at the beginning of 2007 that it had bought a stake in Shenzhen-based Xunlei, but declined to disclose the size of the stake or financial details of the deal.

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