Copyright Dispute over NBA Games Came to An End
Recently, the Beijing Higher People’s Court has brought to an end a six-year copyright dispute involving the National Basketball Association (NBA) competition.
Because it is believed that Shanghai Zhongyuan Network Co., Ltd. and Beijing iQiyi Technology Co., Ltd. have played NBA on the PPS software and websites owned and operated by them without authorization. The live video and related programs of basketball game programs are suspected of causing copyright infringement and unfair competition. American NBA Properties Co., Ltd. sued the two companies to the court and requested the two defendants to stop the infringement. And compensate 36 million yuan for economic losses. After the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court made a first-instance judgment that the defendant constituted an infringement and jointly compensated 3.6 million yuan in economic losses, both parties refused to accept it and appealed separately. Recently, the Beijing Higher People's Court made a second-instance judgment on the case and determined that Shanghai Zhongyuan Company constituted copyright infringement and compensated NBA Properties Company for economic losses and reasonable expenses of 3.8 million yuan.