Youku, a leading video streaming service owned by Alibaba, is suing online content aggregator Toutiao (in Chinese) and video platform Yuncheng Sunshine Media (our translation; 运城阳光传媒 in Chinese) for distributing the movie Wolf Warriors 2. Youku has exclusive online distribution rights. Youku is also demanding a compensation totaling RMB 1 million (roughly $158,000). The local court in Haidian, Beijing, has received and accepted the case.

Released in cinema in July 2017, the action movie Wolf Warriors 2 has succeeded at the Chinese box office with takings of $854 million. After getting the distribution rights, Youku later sold and authorized iQiyi and Tencent for distribution on their platforms. The film was released online on Youku, iQiyi, and Tencent simultaneously on November 3, 2017.

Toutiao, however, provided users with the film that was linked to a system run by Yuncheng Sunshine without acquiring the distribution right. Youku thus accused Toutiao of failing to review the content on its platform and infringement of the distribution right.

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