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Actress Chiu wins suit over picture use

HONG Kong actress Angie Chiu, known in the China as a "forever young" legend, won an infringement case over her name and portrait against a cosmetic surgery hospital yesterday in the Jing'an District People's Court.

The court ordered the Nanjing Comei Aesthetic Hospital in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, to pay 300,000 yuan (US$47,293) to Chiu for using her name and image without permission.

The hospital used Chiu's name and image to promote a beauty product on its website in April. In the ad's article, she recommended a beauty product called Artecoll, which the ad said could make women look younger by plumping up wrinkles and reducing facial lines, said Zhu Xiaojian, a lawyer appointed by Chiu.

The hospital also claimed Chiu was a brand ambassador for the product and had been using it for many years as a secret to her youthful looks.

Pictures and articles using Chui's name and portrait were removed from the website in May after Chui sent a letter to warn the hospital against infringement. Chiu demanded compensation of 1.5 million yuan and an apology from the hospital on its website.

Chiu, a 57-year-old mother of three renowned for her youthful looks, was adored by many Chinese TV fans for her starring role in the popular TV series "The Bund" in 1980 and "The Legend of White Snake" in 1992.


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