Date
19 September 2017
Qvod Player's website cannot be accessed now. A notice posted on the home page says the company  will accept administrative penalties, and that it has begun to transform its business model. Photo: HKEJ
Qvod Player's website cannot be accessed now. A notice posted on the home page says the company will accept administrative penalties, and that it has begun to transform its business model. Photo: HKEJ

Qvod may face 260 mln yuan fine over piracy

A notice of punishment was seen pasted outside the Shenzhen headquarters of internet video streaming operator Qvod on Monday, suggesting that the local market supervision authority plans to fine the company about 260 million yuan (US$41.67 million) for piracy and copyright infringements.

It may be the most expensive ticket that a Chinese online video provider has received due to piracy issues, according to reports Tuesday.

Qvod, which claims to have weekly active users of more than 200 million and takes as much as 30 percent market share, integrates functions of search and play, allowing users to search for resources from various video websites and directly play the results through the player.

However, it sometimes redirects users to websites that provide infringing contents, even porn videos, AM730 newspaper reported.

Complaints and investigations on Qvod, which is one of the biggest applications for streaming and downloading videos in China, have been frequent. Both the National Copyright Administration and the provincial supreme people’s court in Guangdong listed Qvod’s copyright infringement cases as one of the most important cases in 2013, Beijing News reported Wednesday.

Although Qvod can still seek a hearing on the proposed punishment, and the exact amount of fine is not finalized yet, the latest development suggests that Chinese authorities have lost patience and that they no longer feel that the websites will proactively rectify their shady activities.

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