BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Five Hollywood film
companies have filed copyright lawsuits against a Chinese movie download
provider and an Internet cafe for allegedly providing pirated film download
service to Internet users.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Walt Disney
Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corp., Columbia Pictures Industries, and Universal
City Studios, accused Beijing-based Jeboo.com and a Shanghai Internet cafe of
violating their copyrights.
"The internet cafe provided movie download service
through the software developed by Jeboo.com. Among others, 13 movies, including
Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Charlie's Angles 2, X-Men 2,and Night at the Museum,
were distributed without authorization," read the indictment.
The studios demanded compensation of some 3.2 million
yuan (about 432,000 U.S. dollars) and required the defendants to immediately
stop the practice and make a public apology.
The case will be heard at Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate
People's Court on Nov. 29, according to sources.
Founded in 2004, Jeboo.com claims to be China's
biggest movie download provider, with a database of nearly 30,000 movies and TV
series that have online certificates.
"All the audio and video products on Jeboo.com are
provided by our partners. Jeboo.com has the right to provide download service
through the Internet for them according to contracts signed between Jeboo.com
and our partners," said the copyright statement of Jeboo.com.
Xie Jiangping, president assistant of Jeboo.com, said
the company has been preparing for the hearing. Xie refused to comment on
whether it had violated the film companies' copyrights.
Early in March, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and five
other Hollywood studios filed a copyright lawsuit, saying that Beijing Yongsheng
Century International Cultural Development Co. was selling pirated films
including "Lord of the Rings" and "The Day After Tomorrow".
They won the case in September and got 192,000 yuan
in compensation from the company, under the verdict by Beijing Xicheng District
China has intensified a crackdown on pirated DVDs and
other illegal duplications and plans fundamental changes to the situation this
year, according to a circular jointly issued by six government departments,
including the public security and culture ministries.
China confiscated around 110 million illegal CDs and
DVDs in 2006, according to the Ministry of Culture.