VeryCD halts audio-visual download service

08:40, January 25, 2011      

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Huang Yimeng, founder of the famous domestic P2P downloading website VeryCD, posted an update on his microblog, which triggered online speculation over the whether the website might be shut down, the Beijing Times reported Jan. 24.

Huang wrote: "It turns out that seven years of hard work will be stopped soon."

Huang's microblog entry on Jan. 22 caused a great stir in China's online community. However, when asked to confirm that VeryCD will shut down, Huang explained that perhaps his microblog misled Internet users. In reality, VeryCD is adjusting its content, which means it will close its music channel and service for visual downloads.

Despite speculation from fans about VeryCD's current and future situation, Huang emphasized that it is just content adjustment, including music, movie and TV series, but the whole website is not shutting down, contrary to the rumors. Also, he revealed other channels of the website were going to be adjusted, and VeryCD would only provide content with copyright clearance to be downloaded.

"Completely legal copy means the progress of society, and for that we have nothing to complain about. It suits the social tendency that VeryCD does its best to eliminate piracy, and what we need to do now is to help users to get legal content conveniently," Huang wrote on his micro-blog.

In the end of 2009, a batch of domestic websites, BTChina included, which provided download services, were shut down because of an illegal audio and visual services crackdown carried out by the State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China. At that time, it was believed that VeryCD would be closed because it lacked a license.

The website applied for such a license to a Shanghai department related to Radio, Film and Television, but there has been no information so far confirming whether it has gotten the license.

In addition, VeryCD's adjustment this time is generally considered the biggest obstacle in the seven years it has been in the industry.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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