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GM of Content Aggregator Jailed for Copyright Fraud

Beijing Times, 1/08/09

Yang Jianwei, general manager of online video content provider Beijing Gold Interactive Technology, was recently sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined RMB 1.5 mln by Beijing Xuanwu District People's Court for falsely claiming to own the copyrights to, and receiving royalties for, the broadcast of 5,433 American films, and 979 Korean television series and films.

Since the year 2000, Gold Interactive had purchased large quantities of pirated DVDs, transferred the movies to Internet servers, faked licensing documents from organizations such as the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Korea's Seoul Broadcasting System, and then sold the movies to over 500 firms. Yang had previously signed cooperation agreements with companies including China Tietong, China Netcom (CNC), and numerous China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) subsidiaries.

Keywords: IPR infringement Yang Jianwei 0728.HK Beijing Xuanwu District People's Court CHA China Netcom China Telecom China Tietong content aggregator copyright Gold Interactive Internet MPA online video Seoul Broadcasting System film penalty piracy royalty scam law

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