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Hollywood files piracy suit in Beijing

Cracking down on dodgy DVD dealers

Film companies today filed suit against two Beijing retailers of allegedly pirated material, seeking 60,000 renminbi (about £4,000) per pirated title, industry group the MPA (Motion Picture Association) said.

The lawsuits are filed against the Feng He Ri Li and Yu Hao Qing retail companies, the MPA said. The plaintiffs are Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.

The suits are being heard by the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court and the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court, the MPA said. An MPA representative in Hong Kong said 21 member titles were involved in the suit.

The MPA said both retailers have been raided by the Beijing Copyright Bureau and Beijing and Chaoyang District Police for selling pirated DVDs in the past. In May, police seized 13,000 pirated DVDs from Feng He Ri Li alone, the MPA said.

The MPA is the international arm of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), which represents the commercial interests of US film and productions studios, including encouraging anti-piracy efforts overseas.


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