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The CNY 260 million fine on QVOD is final!

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:18 pm

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On 29th December 2018, in a final ruling the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province upheld the hefty fine of CNY 260.148 million (approximately EUR 33.3 million) for copyright infringement issued against video-sharing player QVOD (case details: Administrative Judgment No. 492 [2016], Final, the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province).

In 2007, QVOD began operating in a room in Shenzhen that was less than ten square metres in size. By 2011, it had become the market leader in the video industry, which is a highly competitive sector. In September 2012, the number of QVOD users hit 300 million. By 2014, they had increased to 500 million.

Essentially, QVOD is a peer-to-peer video streaming and sharing platform. It is similar to BitTorrent in that it works through the basic principle according to which the more ‘seeds’/peers, the faster the download speed. Besides basic file transfers, QVOD also provides video playback services, such as the ability to share files whilst watching them.

It is arguable that 2013 was the turning point for QVOD. That year, the company was reported for suspected video piracy approximately 100 times. Notably, in November 2013, a coalition of China’s biggest online video providers, such as Tencent, Youku Tudou and Sohu, sued QVOD for unauthorised video sharing activities. QVOD lost several lawsuits, including the one in 2013 which also ‘won’ the first place in the list of ‘top 10 crackdowns on online piracy in 2013’ announced by the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC).

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