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Websites settle copyright dispute

TWO domestic video website giants have settled an online copyright dispute over a popular television program.

Shanghai-based promised on Wednesday to stop broadcasting "A Story of Lala's Promotion," while competitor withdrew a lawsuit seeking 100,000 yuan (US$15,314) in compensation, according to the Pudong New Area People's Court.

In a hearing early this year at the court, Tudou said it had exchanged the right to broadcast popular TV series "The Myth" online for the right to show "Lala" with Sohu. It didn't provide evidence.

Sohu said it had obtained exclusive rights to broadcast "Lala" on the Internet in November 2009 and starting airing it online in April 2010.

It soon found Tudou was also broadcasting the program at almost the same time without its permission. Tudou also promoted the show on its home page, Sohu said.

Websites have recently started buying online rights for popular television shows.


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