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Han Han wins cash in Baidu copyright suit

By Deng Jingyin (Global Times)

08:16, September 18, 2012

Haidian district court has partially ruled for the plaintiff, famed blogger and race car driver Han Han, in a lawsuit he filed against Chinese search engine Baidu for copyright violations.

Best-selling author Han accused Baidu of illegally publishing his works online and offering them for free downloads in its Wenku literary database. He asked for the database to be shut down, and for 760,000 yuan ($120,635) in compensation and also requested Baidu to post an apology on its home page for seven days.

In its ruling, the court rejected most of the lawsuit, although it did order some compensation to be paid.

"The court ordered Baidu to pay 40,000 yuan compensation to Han Han," said the media officer from Haidian district court Monday.

Since no legal basis was provided to close Baidu Wenku and make an apology, the court could not uphold these requests, the officer said.

Han, a member of the Copyright Protection Alliance, entrusted the alliance to file a lawsuit against Baidu's violation with another 13 writers.

The court dismissed seven suits Monday, but ordered Baidu to pay a total of 145,000 yuan in compensation to seven plaintiffs, including Han.

Wang Guohua, Han's lawyer, said they have not yet decided whether to appeal.

"The court has admitted Baidu's copyright violation since it ordered Baidu to pay compensation, so we have achieved our goal. We don't think the request to shut down Wenku is the most important thing," he said.

He pointed out that if the alliance decides to make an appeal, the results will not change a lot.

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