Beijing , China , Jun. 21: In a lawsuit brought against China.com by R 2G , the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing ordered China.com on 19 Jun 2006 to compensate R 2G for the illegal use of ringtone applications for 18 songs by popular Taiwanese singer, Jay Chou in violation of China copyright laws. With this landmark verdict, R2G becomes the first company in China to win compensation in a lawsuit on violation of music publishing copyrights.
As of June 2005, BMG Music Publishing ( Asia ) had authorized R2G with the exclusive music publishing distribution rights for all of Jay Chou's titles for ringtone applications in China . R2G was also assigned the task of other support services including online piracy monitoring, promotion and marketing services.
As a result of this successful lawsuit, China.com has been ordered to pay R2G the sum of RMB 50,000 as compensation. Based on China law, the general compensation amount for copyright infringements are calculated on the profit or loss obtained/sustained by the relevant parties. However, due to the dearth of accurate figures available for these kind of piracy cases, previous reference cases have involved the violation of recording rights or MV's copyrights. And earlier this year a local recording company won RMB 9,000 in a successful suit for the violation of copyrights for 3 music videos. With R2G winning the first successful lawsuit for digital music publishing copyright protection in China , the total cost of violation of a song on publishing and recording rights has elevated to a new height.
A China Law specialist commented, ”This first landmark case will serve as a roadmap for future digital content Copyright Protection.” This win also acknowledges and provides further backing to R 2G as the definitive copyright distributor of a full range of music copyrights for digital products in China .
Wu Jun, CEO of R 2G is gratified by the result, “This is a positive showcase in the fight against digital piracy, And this is also the first successfully concluded lawsuit where compensation has been awarded for the violation of music publishing rights. We sincerely wish that China.com, who was the first Chinese internet company to be listed on NASDAQ will commit to join us in maintaining and protecting online copyright. We also wish more China Service Providers will join us in the fight against online piracy.”
Upon hearing of this resounding verdict, Beryl Wong , Regional Director of BMG Music Publishing Asia said “We are all very encouraged by this result and we remain confident that the Chinese government's enforcement of copyright protection will continue”.