Sues For Olympic Internet Video Copyright Infringement

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August 08, 2008, the official website of China Central Television, has sued for broadcasting unauthorized videos of the 2008 Olympic torch relay and the 2008 Spring Festival Gala.

Liu Lu, director of the Olympic copyright protection center of, told local media that the Olympic torch relay videos were directly broadcast on and the 2008 Spring Festival Gala was made into a video collection. Liu says the online broadcasting rights of CCTV’s programs all belong to, and any website that uses these contents without the authorization of constitutes an infringement.

Wang Wenbin, general manager of, says that the lawsuit against aims to warn other websites and to prevent similar Olympic-related copyright infringement. has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as China’s only official Internet and mobile broadcaster of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and therefore owns exclusive rights to the broadcast of all audio and video content via online and mobile distribution channels in Greater China. reportedly started to prepare for this lawsuit around the 2008 Spring Festival in February and it has collected much evidence. Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People’s Court formally accepted the case on August 4, 2008, according to local media sources.

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