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Men imprisoned for IPR violation fraud
    2019-04-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THREE men have been jailed and fined for blackmailing online businesses over alleged infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR), the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.

A man surnamed Su was one of the victims of the fraud. Su, a vendor on Tmall.com, found a watermark-free picture of a watch via search engine Baidu, which he then used on his online store.

One day, Su suddenly found that his store’s link had been removed and that a man who claimed to be with an information technology company filed a complaint that Su had infringed upon the picture’s copyright.

Su had thought about making an appeal, but considering the long duration of legal procedure and the low likelihood of success, he agreed to pay the man 30,000 yuan (US$4,483) as royalties. Su was able to continue selling watches online after the complaint was withdrawn by the man.

Another victim surnamed Li sells slippers on e-commerce platform Taobao.com. He also received a complaint from someone who claimed that Li had violated their company’s intellectual property rights.

“The appeal period is long and I could lose many customers in a day or two,” Li said. Therefore, Li negotiated with the man and transferred 5,000 yuan to the company as royalties before the complaint was withdrawn.

In August 2017, the three suspects were arrested after several online store owners reported their suspicious actions to the police.

It turned out that the three suspects from an information technology company had forged a corporate seal and the seal of a relevant State department. They then lodged complaints on the Alibaba official website, claiming that some online stores had used pictures that infringed their copyrights or registered trademark rights, and extorted a total of 120,000 yuan from 10 online stores.

The three were prosecuted by the Futian District Procuratorate in May 2018. They pleaded guilty and returned all the money to the victims. According to the first-instance decision, they were given sentences ranging from one year and five months to three years and six months for extortion.

(Zhang Yu)

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