China copyright success for MPAA

Chinese cloud-based acceleration technology company Xunlei has been ordered to pay damages and restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America, which sued the video site for copyright infringement.

A Shenzhen court found the Xunlei online video site guilty of copyright infringement and ordered it to pay 1.4 million yuan (€178,400) in damages, more than two years after it was sued by the industry group representing the major Hollywood studios. The court also ordered Xunlei to pay litigation costs of 162,400 yuan.

“We are heartened that the court in Shenzhen has found in favour of strong copyright. The legitimate Chinese film and television industry has worked hard to provide audiences with a wide range of legal options for their audio-visual entertainment — a marketplace that has flourished because of the rights afforded to copyright owners under the law,” said Mike Ellis, Asia Pacific director for the Motion Picture Association. “We will continue to work with our local partners in China to help promote and protect the legitimate marketplace for films and television content.”

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