Wednesday, April 25, 2007

MPAA Victorious Against Shanghai Leying; So Far Damages Have Been Peanuts

So far three out of the seven American film production companies won in piracy cases in Shanghai, March 7, 2007. The Chinese Law Digest found this story in the Shanghai Youth Daily (Chinese):

"Initiated by the Motion Picture Association of America, seven American film production companies, including Warner Bros. sued Shanghai Leying Audio and Video Production Company for pirating movies, such as “Lord of the Rings I,” and claimed more than 3,430,000 RM in compensation."

'On March 6, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court issued a judgment on three cases, requiring that Leying stop selling pirated DVDs and compensate New Line Cinema in the amount of 7,000 RMB, Disney in the amount of 12,000 RMB, and Warner Bros. in the amount of 6,000 RMB. Another court session will hear the four other cases.'

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