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Punished for 10,000 novels on website

A website founder who illegally downloaded nearly 10,000 online novels and reproduced them on his own site to make profits was sentenced to 10 months in prison with a one-year reprieve for copyright infringement, the Pudong New Area People's Court said yesterday.

The 25-year-old convict, surnamed Yan, was also fined 50,000 yuan (US$7,888).

In March last year, Yan created a reading website called "uutxt," providing online readers with free access to download online novels he reproduced from other websites. The website was shut down in July this year after Yan was caught by Shanghai police at his home in Panjin City, Liaoning Province.

In court, the 1.85-meter-tall Yan lowered his head and pleaded guilty. Yan said he did not find a job after graduation and started his own business after purchasing management software through which he downloaded online novels and uploaded them to his own website for free reading, sharing and downloading services.

In December 2010, Yan reproduced 543 online novels taken from, a popular literature website under the Cloudary Corp, the court heard.

Prosecutors accused the webmaster of having made a profit of more than 600,000 yuan from ads. Yan argued that not all the profits came from free clicks on reproduced novels because he also set up dozens of forums for readers to share their thoughts.


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