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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > China Carried Out Crackdown On Digital Piracy

China Carried Out Crackdown On Digital Piracy

China Carried Out Crackdown On Digital Piracy

Added: Friday, January 14th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Starting from 2010, there have been rumors that China would soon carry out a crackdown on piracy, and now this is brought to action. Although last week the China’s actions were supposed to be mainly in the physical domain, it now looks like the country is conducting a digital piracy purge, with 4 thousand people having been arrested. Over 200 websites have received orders to delete music. Meanwhile, Chinese largest video websites are in a hurry to remove illegal content on their own will.


Within the last few weeks 650,000 law enforcement personnel are reported to carry out 4,000 arrests while investigating 2,000 cases of copyright infringement. The financial value of the event is estimated at $350 million.

The news was that the country had been getting tough with physical piracy, carrying out destruction of enormous numbers of counterfeit DVDs. However, the country’s authorities seem to understand that it’s the digital world where piracy is getting more powerful, so now their actions aren’t limited to the physical world any more.

In the last few weeks there was an investigation into 500 music download websites, which resulted in accusing half of them of illicit activities, including distribution of copyright violating content, and lack of licensing.

A week ago the government published a list of music to be deleted from websites by the end of February. The list isn’t particularly long, but music is not the only media targeted. Self-imposed Internet censorship also touched the country’s 3 largest video sites, which were noticed deleting American TV shows and films from their servers.

One of the leading players in the market, Ku6, says that it has been deleting violating material since 2009. Surprisingly enough, in 2010 the site announced of content deals with Hollywood studios, which made it the first Chinese service to acquire legal copyright material from major Hollywood studios. Today, with 10% of the Chinese market, the website has impressive potential. Ku6 is followed by its competitor, Youku, which announced last week of a deal with Warner to stream the movie Inception for $0.75 per view. Actually, this resulted in its shares increasing by more than 6%.

Although the road to legitimacy seems to be a complex one for local markets, it at the same time is the one that the United States will be keen to see succeed.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

January 14th ,2011

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Date:  Friday, January 14th, 2011

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-01-15 11:10:48)
menahunie avatarGive me a break.... CHINA cracking down on "pirating"?
Ye and I have a bridge real cheap.
If anyone was arrested was because they either didn't pay for protection or didn't pay enough...

posted by Blocked (2011-01-16 13:18:20)
No avatarChina is SICK. FULL STOP. OUR freedom is LIMITED. THEIRS is NON-EXISTENT!!!!

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