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120,000 yuan asked for pirated CD sales

TAIWAN-BASED Rock Records Co Ltd has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of a local bookstore, accusing it of selling pirated CDs that had infringed on its copyright, the Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court heard yesterday.

The plaintiff said it found a chain of Xinhua Bookstore was selling pirated CD albums of Taiwan pop singer Emil Wakin Chau in January 2010.

The album, priced at 26 yuan (US$4.08), included 29 songs of Chau that it said infringed on the company recording producer's rights and duplication rights.

Rock Records is now seeking 120,000 yuan in compensation from Shanghai Xinhua Media Co Ltd, operator of Xinhua Bookstores. It also sued Qilu Electronic Audio Video Press, which it said issued the pirated CDs.

Xinhua Media said it bought the CDs from a Yangzhou company in neighboring Jiangsu Province through legal channels. It also argued the compensation was too much as the bookstore bought only 20 CD albums and they hadn't been sold out yet.

"Even if we were to pay, the maximum compensation should be no more than 520 yuan," a lawyer representing Xihua Media said at yesterday's hearing.

Qilu said they never issued the CDs and illegal vendors must have used their serial number to make them.


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