BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A Beijing court has
ruled the 21-year-old Chinese popular writer Guo Jingming, whose novels are
widely adored by teenagers around China, plagiarized several plot elements from
another book in his best seller.
Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's
Court ordered Guo and his publishing company halt publishing the book "Falling
Blossoms in Romantic Dream," a story of entangled love between a few youngsters,
noted the verdict passed over the weekend.
Sources noted the book has sold more than one million
copies and attained a large scale of popularity.
Guo and the publisher are told to pay 200,000 yuan
(24,000 US dollars) to the plaintiff 25-year-old Zhuang Yu who claimed Guo's
book plagiarized the idea, story, main plots, major characters andlanguage of
one of her earlier published books.
Zhuang called for a compensation of 500,000 yuan
(about 60,000 US dollars) at total, said Wednesday's China Daily, an English
"Twelve major plot elements in Guo's book are the
same or similar to Zhuang's. Meanwhile, a total of 57 paragraphs in Guo's are
the same or similar to Zhuang's," the paper cited the verdict.
The court, nevertheless, did not support the
plaintiff's claim that Guo violated her idea, language and characteristics of
major characters in the book, it said.
"There is no regulation concerning the protection of
concept inChina's Copyright Law, language should not be monopolized by a certain
person, and features of characters are not under protection," according to the
Guo and his publisher, Chunfeng Literature and Art
Publishing House, were required to compensate the plaintiff 200,000 yuan (some
24,000 US dollars). Beijing Books Building as another defendant was obliged to
stop selling the book. Enditem