Chinese internet giant Tencent’s music arm, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, has filed a lawsuit against Netease’s music services over copyright infringement in a Shenzhen court. Nine infringement cases were pointed out, involving more than 200 best-selling songs from Chinese well-known musicians (in Chinese).

Tencent Music insists that Netease Cloud Music disseminated the music which Tencent owns exclusive rights without permission. It is reported that Tencent Music asked the defendant to immediately stop providing playing and downloading service on the mentioned recorded audio products on Netease Cloud Music website, PC client, mobile client, and tablets. Tencent Music also asked for compensation for economic losses and asked the plaintiff to issue a public apology statement to the public.

Tencent Music’s prosecution of Netease Cloud Music involves the contents of Lin Weizhe studio, Huayi Brothers, and many other record companies, mainly related to music artists including Sodagreen, Shang Wenjie, and Xie Na. In addition, Tencent Video’s music variety show “The coming one (明日之子)” also appeared in a large number of Netease Cloud Music platform without authorization.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com