480 accademics have accused Wanfang Data of including their dissertation without any permission in the database "Disseratations of China" that was offered to libraries. To make a work public without authorisation and to copy a work without authorisation is both copyright infringment. At the Beijing Chaoyang People's Court the accademics demand a public apology from Wanfang Data and compensation for their economic losses and emotional distress.
Mr Stan Abrams of China Hearsay writes: "Damages per person are RMB 7,000 (a little over one thousand USD). If there was only one or two defendants, would this case have ever been filed? If you were a lawyer, could you afford to take that case? (Be honest.)
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