As the Beijing Internet Court launched on September 9, 2018, its digital litigation platform opened to the public too.
Statistics shows, as of 18:00 on September 10, the platform had gotten a total of 207,300 page views, 586 registered users, and 207 lawsuit filings.
The first case it has accepted and heard is Douyin Short Video, an original short video sharing platform, sued Huopai Short Video for the information’s communication right on the Internet.
The plaintiff, Beijing Weiboshijie Science and Technology Company(Weiboshijie), owner and operator of Douyin Short Video, submitted the lawsuit materials and application for filing the case online via Beijing Internet Court’s digital litigation platform.
The case has been accepted after the court’s judges of Case Filing Chamber checked online. Parties of the case can get access to the status of the case via their registered accounts.
Weiboshijie claimed it has the exclusive communication right on the Internet and claiming right for these short videos whose producers had signed exclusive agreements with Weiboshijie.
For the lawsuit’s involved short video “On May 12, I want to tell you”, released on Douyin platform, Weiboshijie owns such exclusive rights.
Weiboshijie found that this video was illegally broadcasted and downloaded on Huopai Short Video, owned and operated by Baidu Online Network Technology(Beijing)Co.,Ltd. and Beijing Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., Ltd without Weiboshijie’s permission.
Weiboshijie thinks the two companies’ unauthorized communication action caused its significant economic loss and requests the two companies to stop infringement, and claims one million yuan(145,605 U.S. dollars) for compensation and 50,000 yuan for the reasonable cost of litigation.
It is learnt that the legal protection for short video industry both at home and abroad are at the exploring stage.
As the first lawsuit between two short video platforms over the copyright of short video, the case involves many noteworthy problems, including whether the short video can be regarded as a work, how to define the rights boundary between short video platforms and between a platform and its users, and how to obtain and keep evidence by blockchain technology in judicature practice.