Chinese authorities have cracked the largest ever case in China involving online film and TV series piracy, according to Xinhua (in Chinese). The perpetrators made over RMB 8 million in revenues from illegally displaying advertising to users, running off servers across China. The announcement comes as US President Donal Trump has said he will wait a week before starting trade investigations into China on intellectual property violations.

The case involved a website called Xunbo Yingyuan (迅播影院, which translates roughly as “Express Cinema”) which made movies and TV series available to stream or download, without having the authority to do so—34,835 titles, to be precise—the most in any such case in China.

The case has been brought in Zhenjiang in Jiangsu Province after multiple intellectual property owners reported the site. Universal Pictures, Bona Film Group, and Tencent Pictures which own the rights to titles available through the site such as Operation Mekong, Furious 7 and Love O2O, a TV series, approached the police in October last year.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...