Consistent with a ruling issued via the Beijing Upper Other folks’s Court docket on July 23, Chinese language Basketball Affiliation (Beijing) Sports activities Co., Ltd. has sued two operators of Bilibili – Shanghai Magic Electrical Data Generation Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Kuanyu Virtual Generation Co., Ltd. – claiming 406 million yuan ($60.05 million) in damages.
All the way through the 2019-2020 Chinese language basketball season, the CBA Sports activities approved copyright with 3 companions for reporting at the occasions thru new media platforms – specifically Migu, Tencent and Youku. Bilibili was once now not incorporated.
Then again, the CBA Sports activities later discovered that Bilibili had made to be had to the general public a web based broadcast provider of movies of CBA video games for the 2019-2020 season on an on-demand foundation, which had now not ceased by the point the CBA Sports activities filed its lawsuit in September 2021. Because of the CBA Sports activities’ investigation and proof, 281 complete recreation movies of the 2019-2020 CBA season and no less than 416 movies of highlights from that season existed on Bilibili.
The CBA Sports activities holds that it’s subjective and intentional infringement for Bilibili to give you the on-demand rights of CBA video games on a big scale, and Bilibili is suspected of abetting and inducing its customers to add movies of CBA video games. The CBA Sports activities additionally believes that Bilibili violated unfair festival regulation.
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To a definite extent, this infringement case presentations the security power of the copyright of sports activities occasions after the revision of China’s Copyright Regulation in 2021. The newly revised regulation raises the reimbursement quantity of sports activities copyright circumstances from the prior to now stipulated higher prohibit of 500,000 yuan to five million yuan, and likewise highlights the punitive damages mechanism for malicious infringement.