News & Cases from China: September 2018

杭州互联网法院正式推出司法区块链 真正实现电子数据的全流程记录                

2018年9月18日,在杭州互联网法院召开的新闻发布会上,司法区块链正式宣告上线,这一举措使得生成、储存、以及使用电子数据一系列流程具有更高的公信力。

据悉,该区块链的形成包括三层结构:第一是司法联盟层,即是通过使用该区块链技术将公证处、司法鉴定中心以及法院等连接在一起,形成一个联盟链;第二是区块链程序层,用户可将自己的操作行为全程记录于区域链,以便于电子证据的储存;第三是全链路能力层,主要是提供了电子签名、数据存证以及时间戳等功能。

Hangzhou Internet Court Officially Launches Judicial Blockchain System to fully process Electronic Data

On 18 September 2018, at a news conference held by the Hangzhou Internet Court, the judicial blockchain was officially launched. It makes the entire processing of electronic data fromthe generation to storage and distribution more reliable and credible.

It has been reported that the judicial blockchain system is composed of three layers. The first layer is a judicial alliance of notary service agencies, judicial examination centers and courts; the second layer is a blockchain program, which allows users to keep a complete record of their electronic evidence; the third layer is a full chain, which mainly provides functions for electronic signatures, data access and time stamping.

  

北京互联网法院挂牌成立 “抖音短视频”成为受理第一案

2018年9月9日,北京互联网法院挂牌成立,其属下的电子诉讼平台也随之面向公众开放。“抖音短视频”诉“伙拍小视频”信息网络传播权纠纷成为北京互联网法院受理的第一案。据了解,本案原告北京微播视界科技有限公司是以线上递交诉讼材料的方式提出的立案申请。经过互联网法院法官在线审核后,已正式立案。同时,当事人还可通过线上注册的账户登录掌握案件审理的最新情况。

原告北京微播视界科技有限公司诉称,“抖音短视频”系由原告合法拥有并运营的原创短视频分享平台。被告未经原告许可,擅自在自己所运营的“伙拍小视频”平台上传播涉案视频并且提供下载服务,为原告造成了巨大的经济损失,为此提出诉讼。

目前,中国对短视频行业还没有明确的法律保护条款。本案涉及的短视频是否构成作品、视频平台的权利边界等法律问题值得关注。

Beijing Internet Court is Inaugurated – First case Filed by Douyin

Beijing Internet Court was established on 9 September 2018, opening an electronic litigation platform. The first case was a dispute about information network transmission rights between Douyin and Huopai’s short video App. In this case, the plaintiff Douyin created an account at the court's electronic litigation platform and submitted legal documents and applications to the platform. After the court’s examination, the case was accepted. The plaintiff can log onto the account and monitor the progress of the trial.

The plaintiff Douyin claimed that “Douyin video App” is an original short video sharing platform, legally owned and operated by the plaintiff. The defendant, without the permission of the plaintiff, arbitrarily spread the involved video and provided download service on the “Huopai video” platform, which is operated by the defendant. The defendant’s behaviour caused huge economic losses to the plaintiff. The plaintiff brought a lawsuit against the defendant and this case is awaited.

At present, there is no specific legal provisions providing protection to the short video industry in China. Whether the short video involved in this case constitutes a copyrightable work and the right boundary of copyright work are valuable legal issues.

 

国家知识产权局发布公告,首次受理欧盟国家原产地地理标志产品保护申请

近日,重组后的国家知识产权局按照《地理标志产品保护规定》和《国外地理标志产品保护办法》发布公告,受理了2个欧盟产品的地理标志产品保护申请。此次受理是推动中欧地理标志保护合作协定谈判取得进展的具体措施。

公告显示,2个欧盟产品均已由欧盟委员会根据相关法律法规批准在欧盟境内获得地理标志产品保护;公告还公布了欧盟两个申请产品的产地范围和质量要求。国家知识产权局将进一步促进原产地地理标志保护双边合作,深化合作与交流。

CNIPA has Accepted Applications for the Protection of Geographical Indication Products from EU for the First Time

Recently, China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued an announcement in accordance with the Provisions on the Protection of Geographical Indication Products and the Measures for the Protection of Foreign Geographical Indication Products and accepted the applications of two EU products to protect geographical indications. This is a concrete measure to promote the progress of the negotiation between China and EU on the Agreement on Cooperation and Protection of Geographical Indications.

CNIPA will further promote bilateral cooperation in the protection of geographical indications.

 

法院参照音集协标准确定歌厅侵权赔偿额

万利卡迪亚经营的卡拉OK歌厅,未经音集协许可,擅自在其经营的场所内以卡拉OK形式放映音集协享有著作权的音乐电视作品,音集协对万利卡迪亚提起了法律诉讼。

山西省运城市中级人民法院经审理认为,被告已经构成侵权,应依法承担向音集协赔偿经济损失的侵权责任。参照了音集协报国家版权局公告的卡拉OK使用费收费标准,按照山西省高级人民法院指导意见酌定为按每天每包房5元计算,30间包房的赔偿金额为54750元。此案的判决,对确定卡拉OK领域的侵权赔偿标准,促进我国著作权集体管理制度的发展和完善提供了新的思路和判例。

The Court Determined the Amount of Compensation in the Karaoke Infringement Case

The karaoke managed by Wanli C-artier, arbitrarily displayed the music video works without the permission of the China Audio-Video Copyright Association (CAVCA). CAVCA filed a lawsuit against Wanli C-artier.

Yuncheng Intermediate Court in Shanxi Province held that the defendant had infringed copyright and should pay compensation for economic losses to the CAVCA. According to CAVCA’s karaoke utilisation fees and the guidance of the Shanxi Higher People's Court, Yuncheng Intermediate Court ruled the compensation should calculated as   RMB 5 (US 0.7$) per room per day. In this case, the compensation for 30 karaoke rooms is RMB 54,750 (US 7,893.31$). This case provides a new way to determine the compensation standard in the case of karaoke copyright infringement.