Modern Express, 3/28/08
Last autumn, a female middle school student in Nanjing was beaten by seven other girls, forced to kneel, and forced to smoke a cigarette. The incident was filmed by her assailants and uploaded to the internet. Her assailants were later detained and fined by police, and were ordered by a court to pay the victim RMB 18,000 in compensation.
The girl's father recently brought suit against Youku, claiming that the website had done an insufficient job of monitoring uploaded content and sources and had not secured the consent of the victim before placing the uploaded video online, leading to major emotional distress. The suit demands that Youku remove the video and all links to it, and pay RMB 10,000 in compensation for emotional damages. The Nanjing Qixia District Court heard arguments in the case yesterday.