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Hospital says pictures are not Taiwan singer

A LOCAL hospital ordered to compensate a Taiwan celebrity for using photographs of her without permission yesterday reiterated claims that it’s all a case of mistaken identity.

Singer and actress Annie Yi took legal action against the Shanghai Wanzhong Hospital after she discovered it was using her picture on its website to promote plastic surgery.

In the first trial, Shanghai Wanzhong was ordered to pay Yi more than 144,000 yuan (US$23,640), after its claims that the pictures were of someone else were rejected.

But yesterday at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court, the hospital insisted again that the photographs were of a woman called Rao Dongdong.

It said the photos had all been digitally processed to ensure they had a consistent likeness.

It also said the two websites that used the pictures were not Wanzhong sites, but those of business partners.

After discovering nine unauthorized photographs in June last year, Yi demanded that the hospital remove the pages, apologize and pay compensation.

Wanzhong took down the pages but refused the other demands, saying the woman in the photographs was Rao.

Yi then brought a law suit, accusing Wanzhong of infringement and demanding compensation of more than 1.54 million yuan (US$252,616), plus a public apology in the Xinmin Evening News newspaper.

In the first trial, the court ruled that the woman in the photographs didn’t resemble Rao.

“After the photos were posted online, people asked Yi if she had undergone plastic surgery, which had a negative effect on her image,” Yi’s lawyer told Shanghai Daily.

The court didn’t return a verdict.



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