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Pirated map sellers face copyright charges

TWO men accused of selling more than 120,000 pirated city maps have been charged with copyright infringement, Huangpu District prosecutors said today.

The suspects, surnamed Han and Weng, were business partners. Weng was responsible for printing pirated maps in Shenzhen City, southern Guangdong Province and Han was in charge of selling and distributing the maps in Shanghai, prosecutors said.

Weng is alleged to have cooperated with a city map pirating ring in Shanghai since September last year. In January, a man surnamed Lu who sold more than 70,000 pirated city maps was sentenced to three 1/2 years in prison by the Huangpu District People's Court.

After Lu was jailed, Han became the head of the gang and continued to cooperate with Weng.

From last December to March this year, Han bought a total of 12,000 pirated city maps from Weng. Prosecutors said Weng sold the pirated maps at the cost price of 0.68 yuan each to Han and earned 60,000 yuan in commission. Hen then sold the maps to distributors in Shanghai.


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