Why NEXON’s BNB Failed to Accuse Tencent’s “QQ堂” of Copyright Infringement?


(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract:  The Copyright Law protects “expression” rather than “thought”. For the purposes of the Copyright Law, “works” refer to original intellectual creations in the literary, artistic and scientific domain, insofar as they are capable of being reproduced in a specific tangible form. Works without originality are not protected by these laws.

In recent years, there has been a serious plagiarism problem in the field of online games. Considering that online games act as computer software, laws protect its “code” other than game mode and method. The case in today’s post will elucidate this principle.


Shanda May Get 3 Million Compensation from Private Serve Operators

It is reported on the website of the China Daily that the Gaoxin District People’s Court in Hefei City of Anhui Province heard the case of a local private server operator providing piratic online game Legend of Mir II(the “Mir II”), in which 25 defendants were prosecuted. If the defendants’ behaviors are affirmed to have constituted the crime of copyright infringement, and the prime culprit shall be sentenced for three to seven-years imprisonment once the crime were established. And it’s released by the attorney of Shanda Games Limited (the “Shanda Games”)(NASDAQ:GAME) that it’s preliminarily promised by the prosecuted to compensate Shanda Games RMB 300 million. Bridge IP Law Commentary estimates that it could be for the understanding of Shanda Games aiming at a lighter sentence, though the plea bargain is not legally regulated in China.