A SHENZHEN Internet company took a major Internet portal to court for copyright infringement in a countersuit against the Beijing-based portal, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.
The action by Xunlei Networking Technology Co. was launched just days before Sohu.com and Voole.com were scheduled to come to Shenzhen to launch a joint suit against the Shenzhen company for offering pirated movies on its Web site.
In response to the legal action by Sohu.com and voole.com, Xunlei filed two lawsuits against Sohun.com in courts in Beijing and Shenzhen, alleging that Sohu.com’s search engine, Sogou, had violated a number of copyrights in Xunlei’s patented software, according to Zhang Yubo, president of Xunlei’s Beijing operation.
The Sohu.com and Voole.com anti-piracy alliance has taken legal action against a number of other popular movie Web sites, including Youku.com and Tudou.com, seeking damages as high as 100 million yuan (US$14.65 million).
Zhang said Sohu.com had dealt with a number of lawsuits related to copyright in recent years. Sohu.com was found liable for a pirated version of the movie “Linger” shown on its Web site last December, according to Zhang.
Xunlei CEO Luo Weimin said the purpose of his company’s legal action was not to seek millions of yuan in compensation. “We want to tell them (other Internet companies) that market share was obtained through good service but not pure advertising,” said Luo.
Copyright infringement has long been an issue for Chinese Internet companies. In July Xunlei was sued by Beijing-based Leshiwang which sought 180,000 yuan in compensation and a public apology. (SD News)