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YYeTs founder convicted and sentenced for copyright infringement
Published on: 2021-11-23
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The founder of the Chinese video and streaming service website Renren Yingshi was sentenced to jail for three and a half years and fined 1.5 million yuan for copyright infringement by the Shanghai No. 3 Intermediate People's Court on Monday.
 

Liang Yongping has successively established two companies and hired technicians, translators and video editors to develop websites and applications running on digital systems (such as Android, IOS, Windows, MacOSX, TV), according to the trial.
 

The website, also known as YYeTs.com, where people are able to watch and download overseas TV shows and films, has been shuttered since this January.
 

There are a total of 32,824 unauthorized film and television works on the website and related apps, with a total of approximately 6.83 million members.
 

During its operation period, the website and its related apps collected over 12 million yuan for membership fees and advertising fees beginning in January 2018, said the court.
 

Shanghai police arrested Liang at his home this January 6.
 

To make a profit without the permission of the copyright owner to copy and distribute the work of others, Liang's behavior constitutes the crime of copyright infringement, said the judge.
 

创始人获刑三年半“人人影视字幕组”剧终

未授权影视作品超3万部,非法经营额上千万元,11月22日,上海市第三中级人民法院对“人人影视字幕组”侵权案公开开庭审理,一审宣判被告人梁永平即“人人影视字幕组”创始人构成侵犯著作权罪,判处有期徒刑三年六个月。至此,曾红极一时的“人人影视字幕组”,迎来了自己的终点。
 

据上海市第三中级人民法院官方微信显示,11月22日,上海市第三中级人民法院公开开庭审理了被告人梁永平涉嫌侵犯著作权罪一案,并当庭作出一审判决,以侵犯著作权罪判处被告人梁永平有期徒刑三年六个月,并处罚金150万元;违法所得予以追缴,扣押在案的供犯罪所用的本人财物等予以没收。
 

而被告人梁永平正是“人人影视字幕组”的创始人。经审理查明,自2018年起,被告人梁永平先后成立武汉链世界科技有限公司、武汉快译星科技有限公司,指使王某航(另案处理)雇佣万某某、徐某、熊某、姜某某、田某、温某、文某、王某如、胡某某、阳某某(上述人员均另案处理)等人作为技术、运营人员,开发“人人影视字幕组”网站及Android、IOS、Windows、MacOSX、TV等客户端,由谢某洪(另案处理)等人组织翻译人员,从境外网站下载未经授权的影视作品,翻译、制作、上传至相关服务器,通过所经营的“人人影视字幕组”网站及相关客户端向用户提供在线观看和下载服务。
 

上海市第三中级人民法院经审理认为,被告人梁永平以盈利为目的,未经著作权人许可,复制发行他人作品,属于有其他特别严重情节,其行为已构成侵犯著作权罪,依法应予惩处。在共同犯罪中,被告人梁永平起主要作用,系主犯,应按照其所参与的或者组织、指挥的全部犯罪处罚。被告人梁永平到案后如实供述自己的罪行,系坦白,可以从轻处罚。被告人梁永平到案后自愿认罪认罚,并预缴了部分罚金,可以从宽处理。综合本案的犯罪事实、性质、情节和对社会的危害程度等,决定对梁永平从轻处罚,遂作出上述判决。

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