In keeping with an October 27, 2020 report within the Folks’s Courtroom Each day, the Folks’s Courtroom of Fangcheng County, Henan Province just lately sentenced eight defendants to jail for copyright infringement of a number of motion pictures together with “Alita: Battle Angel” and several other Chinese language motion pictures. The Courtroom sentenced the defendant Wang to 4 years in jail and fined him 1.5 million yuan. The opposite defendants have been sentenced from one yr and two months in jail to a few years and 6 months in jail.
The court docket discovered that since 2016, the defendant Wang has cracked the account of a movie show in Neixiang County and Fangcheng County, Henan Province, obtained the theater’s projector server key password, and handed it to the defendants Liu, Zhang , and Tan who then cloned the server and copied motion pictures for revenue. Liu acquired a complete of 50,000 yuan in unlawful earnings, and Zhang acquired a complete of 20,000 yuan in unlawful earnings.
Later Wang and the defendant Xie used the cloned server and its password to acquire movies from a movie show in Fangcheng and the theater the place the defendant Wang works, and copied and produced pirated motion pictures, and bought them to non-public theaters for playback. Because of this, “The Richest Man in Xihong Metropolis”, “Detective Di Renjie: The 4 Heavenly Kings”, “Alita: Battle Angel” and different new cinematic movies have been unfold to the Web successively, inflicting severe opposed social results. Wang and Xie obtained unlawful earnings of greater than 1.12 million yuan.
As well as, from June 2015, the defendant Li opened a theater in Longshan County, Hunan Province, taking part in pirated movies obtained from Wang and others with out the permission of related copyright house owners corresponding to China Movie and Tv. Li obtained greater than 650,000 yuan in unlawful earnings. It was additionally discovered that the defendant Duan was Wang’s spouse. After the police captured Wang, Duan destroyed a number of financial institution playing cards utilized by Wang to commit the crime and flushed them.
After the trial, the court docket held that the defendants Wang and Xie copied and distributed their movie works for revenue with out the permission of the copyright proprietor, and the quantity of unlawful earnings was big; the defendants Liu, Zhang, Wang, and Tan helped Wang and Xie to commit crimes. Defendant Li bought motion pictures that he knew have been infringing on the copyrights of others for the aim of creating income. The quantity of unlawful earnings was big, which constituted the crime of promoting infringing copies. With the intention to assist Wang escape prison prosecution, the defendant Duan destroyed and flushed a number of financial institution playing cards utilized by Wang into the sewer, which constituted the crime of serving to to destroy proof. The general public prosecution company charged the defendants with the info of the crime and the convictions, and the court docket supported it. Wang and Xie performed the primary position within the joint crime and are the principal offenders. Wang needs to be punished in line with all of the crimes through which they’ve participated. As Wang has a prison document of copyright infringement he shall be punished severely. Liu, Zhang, Wang, and Tan performed auxiliary roles in joint crimes and have been accomplices and needs to be given a lighter punishment. The court docket then made the choice in accordance with the legislation.
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