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Website sued over 'Ip Man 2' downloads

A POPULAR downloading website,, which is also famous for its well-received eMule customer tool used by many Chinese and overseas users, has been sued for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff, Desen International Media Co Ltd, is demanding a huge compensation of nearly 12 million yuan (US$1.77 million) from the website for offering free download of the film "Ip Man 2" without authorization.

The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has accepted the lawsuit.

Desen, which owns the copyright of the film, said that on the Chinese mainland it has only authorized the China Film Copyright Association to provide rights to allow others to show the film on the Internet.

The website allowed a download option for the film on May 4, just five days after the movie was released. Users could download the film free of charge with the eMule software on the website, according to the lawsuit.

Desen said box office revenues dropped sharply after the unauthorized download made its appearance.

The copyright association also charged that the website's downloading option has decreased the value of its right to propagate the film on the Internet. The two plaintiffs asked the website to make a public apology, hand out the original version of the pirated film and pay 11.95 million yuan in compensation.

The download option is not available on the website now.


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