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US firm claims locals plagiarized data

AN American energy information company has accused two Shanghai firms of plagiarizing its data, a court heard yesterday.

Platts, a top energy sources information provider, claims the local companies profited from information copied from its unique price assessment and market analysis.

McGraw-Hill Companies Inc, which oversees Platts, charged that Shanghai Dongran Information Technology Co Ltd and Shanghai Ranyu Petrochemical Information Consulting Co Ltd cooperated to infringe its copyright and conduct unfair competition.

It is seeking 2 million yuan (US$303,490) in compensation.

Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court heard the lawsuit without giving a verdict.

McGraw-Hill said Platts' analysts made price assessments of different petroleum products and the petroleum market, based on industry information collected from special channels, as well as their experience and professional knowledge.

But Platts found prices provided by the defendants were the same as those provided by Platts over 2007 and 2008. Moreover, market reviews by the defendants were simply Chinese translations of Platts' English reviews. "It can't be coincidence and must be plagiarism," the indictment said.

The defendants sold their allegedly copied data for as little as 3,000 yuan a year, much lower than Platts' price of US$20,000 a year.

The defendants say the data was not unique and was available from other channels.


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