China’s copyright watchdog has vowed to take serious measures against lawbreakers following rampant piracy of Spring Festival blockbusters and the availability of illegal download resources on Chinese social media.

China’s National Copyright Administration (NCAC) called on netizens to “fight against movie piracy” after finding that full-HD movies had been up for sale on messaging app WeChat and microblogging platform Weibo over the holiday season, priced at RMB 1 ($0.15) for each movie, according to The Paper (in Chinese).

China’s box office totaled more than RMB 5.8 billion in the first week of the Chinese New Year (starting Feb. 5), a new record compared to the RMB 5.7 billion during the same period last year, figures from online ticketing platform Maoyan show.

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Jill Shen

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