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Seller of pirated city maps gets 3 1/2 years

A Shanghai native was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for producing and selling more than 70,000 unauthorized copies of Shanghai traffic maps, the Huangpu District People's Court said yesterday.

Lu Xuegen, 49, was also fined 20,000 yuan (US$3,168) after being convicted of infringing the copyright of the Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House, the legal publisher of city maps.

The court said Lu started to produce the maps last July after noticing how well legal maps sell in the city. He hired a printing company in Yiwu City of Zhejiang Province to print copies of the maps after scanning a genuine Shanghai Traffic Map 2011 version.

Lu paid 0.6 yuan per pirated copy and sold them for 0.85 yuan to newsstands and individual vendors near the Shanghai Railway Station.

Pirated maps are sold by illegal vendors along subway lines and tourist attractions, usually for 3 yuan. A genuine map is priced at 6 yuan on the market.

The court did not say if the printing company in Yiwu was punished, but prosecutors said the company's boss returned 50,000 yuan of income.

People are warned not to buy the pirated maps, as they are of inferior quality and might be full of printing mistakes.


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