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Big hotel chain loses copyright case on maps

HANTING Inns and Hotels, one of China's biggest budget hotel groups, was ordered to pay 200,000 yuan (US$31,709) to the publisher of Shanghai traffic maps for producing unauthorized map copies and giving them away at its local hotels.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House, the copyright owner of city maps, sued the hotel company after it found Hanting was distributing pirated city maps with hotel logos and advertisements printed on the front page.

The Pudong New Area People's Court heard the plaintiff visited 13 Hanting hotels where they got fake 2011 copies of Shanghai Traffic Map and Shanghai Traffic Map Expo Version free of charge between last September and December.

The publishing house provided these fake copies as evidence to the court, seeking 500,000 yuan compensation and a public apology.

The court said the fake maps infringed the genuine ones despite the changing of colors, cutting of graphics and adding content that included hotel logos and advertisements.

Hanting claimed the fake maps were made by franchised hotels or individuals but it did not provide evidence.

The court ruled the hotel company must pay and make a public apology.


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