Beijing’s newly established internet court has dismissed ByteDance-backed Douyin’s copyright lawsuit against Baidu, a dispute that marks the first time a Chinese court has recognized short videos under the country’s copyright laws and accepted blockchain evidence.

According to Beijing Evening News, Douyin, known as TikTok internationally, filed the RMB 1 million (around $145,000) lawsuit against Baidu on Sept. 11 in Beijing, saying the company’s short-video app Huopai copied its videos, also allowing Baidu’s users to download them.

Douyin was not immediately available for comment.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen