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Video-sharing site must pay for infringing copyright

PPS Network TV, a Chinese online video provider, was ordered to pay 15,000 yuan (US$2,382) to Hong Kong-based Television Broadcasts Limited after it screened an unauthorized TV play on the video-sharing platform, the Xuhui District People's Court said yesterday.

TVB, which produced the popular TV play "Heart of Greed," said PPS provided the play free to online viewers through its video-on-demand system on from March 2010 to January last year without authorization.

The plaintiff asked PPS to stop its infringement and demanded 50,000 yuan compensation, claiming it had neither given PPS approval to screen the play nor been paid. PPS admitted its infringing action but argued it would not remove the play as it had bought the non-exclusive right to disseminate "Heart of Greed" from WingsMedia, a leading provider of Chinese-language programs.

According to the agreement, PPS users would have access to some TVB dramas, including "Heart of Greed."

The court said PPS could keep airing the play on its websites but had to pay TVB for infringing its copyright earlier.


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