Beijing ByteDance Technology released pieces of the film The Story of Yanxi Palace without consent
iQiyi, China’s largest video streaming site, is suing Beijing ByteDance Technology for unauthorised streaming of its hit show The Story of Yanxi Palace.
According to the prosecution by iQiyi, ByteDance Technology, the operator of information aggregation app Jinri Toutiao, streamed short clips of the hit drama that drew over 800,000 views per clip, causing, according to iQiyi, “tremendous damage” to the company.
The Haidian District People’s Court of Beijing has accepted the lawsuit
The Story of Yanxi Palace is a 70-episode soap opera about Qing dynasty imperial concubines backstabbing each other to gain the emperor’s favour. The production of this soap opera was backed by iQiyi and Huanyu Film.
“We condemn any form of copyright infringement and have made continuous effort in tackling it,” said a Jinri Toutiao spokeswoman, adding that he company has not yet received a notice from the Chinese courts regarding the iQiyi case.
iQiyi is claiming 30 million yuan as compensation for economic losses and expenditures
Jinri Toutiao spokeswoman also said: “After receiving a notice from iQiyi regarding this issue recently, we conducted an internal check of our platform and took down all the third-party content that violated the copyright of the programme owned by iQiyi. All users that violated our policy have received relevant punishment.”
The legal case that sees two of the main Chinese streaming platforms clash is very important for the Chinese market. China, in fact, is home to the world’s largest internet population and the video-streaming market reached 95.2 billion yuan revenues last year.
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