Thursday, April 20, 2006

HKTVB sues China Telecom subsidiary

It appears that some 100 Internet sites across Mainland China are illegally re-broadcasting, the widely popular TVB Hong Kong produced soap opera, "War and Beauty".

TVB has had enough. They say they have spent a huge amount on the production and promoting the drama and decided to act.

TVB, Hong Kong's leading terrestrial broadcaster, is suing Jiangsu Telecom Company in Nanjing for copyright infringement for broadcasting a TV series on the internet without permission, for profit or income, seeking 100,000 yuan in compensation.

Jiangsu Telecom is a subsidiary of publicly-listed China Telecom (New York and Hong Kong).

This is thought to be a test case to build a catalogue of evidence to pursue future actions.

The series has been removed from the Jiangsu Telecom website, http:// www.js.chinavnet.com.

Press reports in Hong Kong say TVB is also in a Hangzhou, Zhejiang court with another similar action.

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