Large-scale Infringement of Copyright in Beijing Shopping Malls Pirated Game Consoles Flood In

TapTechNews July 9th news, in many large shopping malls in Beijing, customers can be seen everywhere津津有味ly playing various game consoles. These game consoles have brought a certain turnover to the malls and have also become a new favorite for consumers to pass the time. However, behind this seemingly glamorous appearance, an unsettling fact has been exposed that many of the game consoles in the malls are illegal and infringing products.

According to the recent report of the Xicheng Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, under the guidance of the Municipal Bureau's Central Brigade for Environmental, Food, Drug and Tourism, they cracked an illegal infringement of copyright case and arrested 5 suspects for illegal and criminal activities.

TapTechNews learned from the reference report that on May 13th, the legal person of a certain technology limited company, Guo, reported that a company used the game products exclusively agented by his company in many shopping malls in Xicheng District, Chaoyang District, Haidian District, Fengtai District, and Daxing District of Beijing without permission. More than 500 related games have been infringed and copied, suspected of infringing copyright.

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After receiving the report, the police started the investigation from the game business operators and equipment manufacturers in Beijing. Through the work, the police found that the criminal suspect who operated pirated games in Beijing was Ke, and the infringing game equipment manufacturer was a certain intelligent technology limited company in Guangzhou, and the actual operator of this company was Peng. At the same time, the police discovered other criminal suspects, Zhu and Chen, through in-depth investigation.

In response to the above situation, the Xicheng police organized police forces to carry out arrest work for the relevant persons involved in Beijing, Guangdong, and Jiangxi. After interrogation, all the above-mentioned persons confessed to participating in the operation of infringing games.

Upon examination, after receiving customer orders, criminal suspect Peng, in collusion with Zhou, purchased hardware equipment such as screens and hosts in the market for assembly, and Zhou installed pirated games and adjusted the equipment, and then Peng sold them externally. Chen was Peng's accountant, knowing that it was an illegal and criminal activity, still participated. Ke and Zhu, who operated game console business in Beijing, knowing that some games in the game console were infringing products, still used the infringing replicas for commercial operation activities for profit.

And these game consoles finally flowed into many large shopping malls in Beijing and were purchased and used by consumers as genuine products. The monthly sales of these pirated game consoles in just one mall is as high as $150,000.

The police introduced that compared to the genuine game console which costs $1000-$1200, the suspect can only spend $300-$450 to manufacture a pirated product. Although the price gap is not large, but by avoiding copyright fees, they can still obtain huge illegal profits.

At present, this case is under further work. Regarding other violations of administrative regulations by the companies involved in the case, the relevant administrative authorities will further handle them.