Largest Chinese File-Sharing Services Switched to Legal ContentAdded: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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One of the country’s largest file-sharing websites has permanently disabled users’ access to lots of music and film downloads this past weekend. The head of the service cited copyright concerns and tightening legislation, concluding that after seven long years of hard work, times changed. Although the site’s users are largely disappointed, the service decided to concentrate on providing users with licensed content only.
Last Sunday was renamed “Black Sunday” for many users of VeryCD, which is perhaps the largest file-sharing website in China. After the site has been providing access to a wide range of music, films and TV shows for over 7 years, the site pulled the plug on most part of its links to illegal entertainment downloads.
Huang Yimeng, the site’s founder, said on the VeryCD’s official blog that although no-one wanted such end, the team had expected it would suddenly come. Despite the fact that the service has avoided a crackdown against many file-sharing websites two years ago, within the past month the pressure on the service was clearly too much.
The attempts of the country’s government at reducing copyright infringement have increasingly targeted the digital domain, which means that it was just a matter of time before websites like VeryCD that are linking to illegal content felt similar heat. The site’s founder confirmed that the decision was prompted by urgent copyright violation fears, so the required adjustment was also quite urgent.
Most likely, the event was connected to a document released by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Ministry of Public Security earlier in January, where penalties for online copyright violation were detailed. Now such penalties apply only if certain conditions are met, including the case when a website hosting content has a sign-up membership of over 1,000. Meanwhile, penalties are very strict – from 3 to 7 years in prison.
That’s why VeryCD decided to obtain an official license in order to continue operating, and this move towards legalizing material is suggested to help with that.
Of course, users of VeryCD were disappointed by this turn of events, but as soon as the next day the discussions on the site’s forums turned into the guide for BitTorrent containing magnet links to the same content as had been deleted from the site.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
January 26th ,2011Posted by:
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
|posted by (2011-01-26 23:58:23)|
|"Of course, users of VeryCD were disappointed by this turn of events, but as soon as the next day the discussions on the site’s forums turned into the guide for BitTorrent containing magnet links to the same content as had been deleted from the site. . . ." The Chinese Government may have built the "Green Wall of China" which is a firewall against the world but the Chinese people aren't as stupid as their Government, they simply use a VPN like the rest of us! Check out any Chinese chatroom for example. Strictly banned but up and running. Power to the People.|
|lol i think we all will be getting all legal items cheaper ;) as all china product is cheap||
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