MUMBAI:On 23 and 24 August, a
The Beijing Xi Cheng District Peopleâ€™s Court ordered the defendant to pay six plaintiffs â€“ all MPA member companies â€“ damages and costs of $27,795.
Over the past two years, the MPA has on 17 occasions provided information about the sale of pirated movies at Beijing Yongsheng Century to
However, although authorities on one occasion levied a fine of $3,965 against Beijing Yongsheng Century, they have never filed criminal charges, and the outlet was open for business earlier this week, offering pirated movie DVDs to customers in a back room of the premises.
â€œThe rulings yesterday and today against one of Beijingâ€™s most notorious pirate retail outlets demonstrate that Chinese courts continue to be supportive of copyright holdersâ€™ efforts to vigorously defend their property. However, the MPA and our member companies continue to feel that that the courtâ€™s award represents little more than a slap on the wrist in the context of the scope of pirate activity in which Beijing Yongsheng Century and others were and are engaged. That pirated discs were available at this outlet only a few days ago underscores the contempt these criminals have for the law,â€ said Motion Picture Association vice president and regional counsel, Asia-Pacific Frank Rittman.
â€œUnquestionably one of the reasons for
The MPA and its member companies maintain active litigation programs in many countries aimed at defending member companiesâ€™ copyrights against unauthorized and illegal infringement. The MPA has concluded more than 40 civil actions in