lørdag 6. februar 2021

China Cracks Down on Site Offering Uncensored Foreign Media to Users

Police in Shanghai have raided a popular video-sharing site that offered foreign films and TV shows to more than eight million registered users, cutting off a key source of uncensored content for Chinese viewers.

Police detained 14 people in a Feb. 3 raid on the offices of the Renren Yingshi video-sharing app and website, on suspicion of copyright piracy linked to more than 20,000 Chinese and foreign-made movies and TV shows. Suspects were detained in the eastern province of Shandong, the central province of Hubei and the southwestern region of Guangxi, ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper the People's Daily reported.

"Investigations revealed that the suspects had set up a number of companies which were involved in distributing, operating, and maintaining the Renren Yingshi mobile app and a related web portal by setting up or leasing servers in China or overseas," the paper reported.

People’s Daily reported that over about two years the gang gained more than 8 million users registered on the site.