China’s hit anti-corruption TV drama In the Name of People (人民的名义 in Chinese) was recently leaked online ahead of its licensed release, throwing into the spotlight the country’s copyright protection woes.

The 55-episode anti-graft TV drama, adapted from a namesake novel by Chinese writer Zhou Meisen, have earned both good ratings and rave reviews nationwide since it premiered on Hunan Satellite TV in late March. Meanwhile, it is also available on online TV provider PPTV, a media division of the country’s Suning retail group.

The sensational TV drama, touted by Chinese media as “the country’s most daring TV series about anti-graft efforts“, has quickly fallen prey to online piracy.

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Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.