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Websites go offline over crackdown

WEBSITES offering free music and movie downloads are partially blocked following a national crackdown ahead of the World Intellectual Property Day today.

Fans of overseas TV shows, who downloaded them from websites like and for free, told Shanghai Daily they couldn’t access some of the popular shows.

Sources said the websites stopped uploading content due to the ongoing crackdown against piracy. Unlike bigger websites that can afford to pay for copyrights, the smaller sites usually offer download services under the guise of offering learning resources. is a Beijing-based website where translators work for free, helping with subtitles for movies and popular TV dramas, while Guangzhou-based has many chatrooms where fans of TV plays  upload unauthorized videos.

“I would watch Naruto, a Japanese animation, on’s video platform but they were all gone on Thursday,” said Xin Wei, a Shanghai resident, blaming it on the crackdown.

Shanghai enforcement officials said there would be a constant and consistent crackdown against piracy.

Yang Yong, an official with the Shanghai Culture Market Administrative Law Enforcement Team, said the Shanghai Copyright Administration recently ordered Guangdong Taimao Food Co to pay 380,000 yuan (US$60,762) as compensation to a Japanese firm for using their image of a cartoon character, Qiaohu, or smart tiger, on its food products.


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