Chinese firm making "interim" damages claim for 100 mln yuan from Blizzard
www.chinaview.cn 2007-08-16 22:02:04   Print

    BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese IT company Founder Electronics Co., Ltd. said on Thursday that it was making an "interim" claim for 100 million yuan in damages against California-based Blizzard Entertainment and two Chinese companies.

    ;A statement from Founder Electronics on Thursday alleged it suffered lost earnings of more than one billion yuan as five fonts from its database were used in the popular on-line fantasy game World of Warcraft (WoW) without authorization.

    The company has filed the suit at Beijing Municipal Higher People's Court against WoW developer Blizzard, Shanghai-based IT company The9, which runs WoW in China, and Qingwentuwen company, the game's distributor in Beijing.

    Teddy Liu, Greater China communications director of Blizzard, told Xinhua on Thursday that he had not received any official information on the suit, and had only read media reports.

    He said he could not comment at the moment.

    Damages could be calculated either by the defendant's interests that were illegally gained via copyright infringement or by the plaintiff's losses according to Chinese law, said the statement from Founder Electronics.

    It claimed WoW had 7.5 million active player accounts and hence the infringement of copyright was "serious".

    "The lost earnings of one billion yuan was a conservative estimate," the statement said.

    Founder Electronics is the largest provider of Chinese fonts in China. The font database was part of the company's E-Publishing system, which was used by 90 percent of the international Chinese newspaper industry, the company said.

    Observers said the damages sought by the Chinese company were among the largest ever for an intellectual property suit in China.

Editor: Wang Yan
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