News & Cases from China: March 2019

因播放车载音乐,滴滴豪华车陷版权诉讼,被诉200万赔偿

原告上海烛龙信息科技有限公司、北京网元圣唐娱乐科技有限公司诉称,滴滴豪华车业务在未经许可的情况下,通过车载播放器播放录音制品《<古剑奇谭>原声音乐集》中《凤鸣榣山》、《剑舞红袖》、《清馨戏蝶》等五首音乐。烛龙公司对单机游戏《古剑奇谭》中的音乐作品依法享有著作权和录音制作者权,圣唐公司经烛龙公司授权许可,取得《“古剑奇谭”原声音乐集》中的音乐作品使用权。原告将滴滴豪华车的运营方北京小桔科技有限公司、滴滴出行科技有限公司诉至法院,要求被诉方停止侵权、赔礼道歉、消除影响,并赔偿经济损失200万元。近日,北京市海淀区人民法院受理了此案,该案正在进一步审理之中。

‘Didi Luxe’ Chauffeur Service Sued for Music Copyright Infringement – Plaintiffs claim RMB 2 Million Compensation

The Plaintiffs, Shanghai Aurogon Information and Technology Co., Ltd., and Beijing Wangyuan Shengtang Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd, alleged that cars used by the luxury chauffeur service, ‘Didi luxe’, had played five sound recordings of original music from the game Swords of Legend, including A Voice of a Phoenix in Yao Mountain, Swords Dance in Red, and Play Butterflies in Faint Scent, without the permission of the copyright owner, Aurogon Company, or its licensee Shengtang Company. The Plaintiffs sued Beijing Xiaoju Technology Co., Ltd. and Didi Logistics Co., Ltd., operators of Didi luxe cars, seeking orders that the Defendants cease the infringement, make an appropriate apology, take steps to reduce the impact of the infringement, and pay  compensation  for economic loss in the sum of RMB 2 million (approx. US$ 297,360).  Recently, the Beijing Haidian District People's Court accepted the case. A decision is awaited.

 

特斯拉起诉小鹏汽车员工窃取商业机密

3月22日消息,特斯拉以Autopilot技术源代码被窃为由,起诉前员工、视觉科学家、现小鹏汽车员工曹光植。对此,小鹏汽车回应称,在曹光植入职前后,小鹏汽车都没有发现其存在特斯拉所声称的任何可能违规行为。

特斯拉声称,2018年,曹光植开始向其iCloud帐户上传“特斯拉无人驾驶相关源代码的完整副本”,最终移动了30多万个与自动驾驶仪相关的文件和目录。特斯拉表示,在去年年底接受小鹏公司的工作后,曹光植从他的工作计算机上删除了12万个文件,并断开了他的个人iCloud帐户,然后“反复登录到特斯拉的安全网络”,以便在离开公司之前清除他的浏览器历史。

小鹏汽车创始人何小鹏在其官方微博上做出了回应,称“Tesla和小鹏汽车都是创新公司,都在针对自动驾驶做自主研发,只有竞争才会使技术进步,用户受益(例如我们很快会OTA升级的自动泊车技术,完全在行业内没有找到类似模式)”。

Tesla Sues Xpeng Motors’ Employee for Stealing Trade Secrets

On 22 March, Tesla sued Guangzhi Cao, a former employee and visual scientist of Tesla, currently employed by Xpeng Motor, claiming that he had stolen the the source code of Autopilot technology.  Xpeng Motors has since stated that it has not found any possible violation, either before or after Guangzhi Cao joined the company.

Tesla claimed that in 2018, Guangzhi Cao started uploading a complete copy of the source code for Tesla's driverless car to his iCloud account, eventually moving more than 300,000 autopilot-related files and directories.  At the end of last year, after he had accepted a position with Xpeng Motors, Cao Guangzhi deleted 120,000 files from his work computer, disconnected his personal iCloud account, and repeatedly logged into Tesla’s security network to clear his browser history before leaving the company.

The founder of Xpeng Motors, He Xiaopeng, has commented on his official Weibo that Tesla and Xpeng Motors are innovative companies, both conducting independent research in relation to autonomous vehicles.  Xpeng Motors, for example, will soon be upgrading the automatic parking technology of OTA, a totally new model in the industry.  Competition of this sort will result in both technological progress and benefit to users.

 

北京互联网法院开展多元调解工作

自2018年9月9日成立以来,北京互联网法院建立诉讼与非诉讼相衔接的多元化矛盾纠纷解决机制。2018年北京互联网法院多元调解共导出案件5284件,占同期新收案件总量的83%;调解成功案件488件,调解成功率38%,占同期结案总量的19.2%。截至目前,已有24家调解组织、机构,191名调解员进驻北京互联网法院。2018年10月,中国专利保护协会知识产权纠纷人民调解委员会接受北京互联网法院委托,调解一起公益事业单位使用侵权图片纠纷案。

Beijing Internet Court’s Diversified Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Since its establishment on 9 September 2018, the Beijing Internet Court has introduced a diversified dispute resolution mechanism involving both litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.  In 2018, the mechanism was used in 5,284 cases, i.e. 83% of the total number of new cases accepted during that period.  Of these, 488 were successful mediation cases: the mediation success rate was 38%, accounting for 19.2% of all cases settled during the period. There are currently 24 mediation organizations and institutions in China, and 191 mediators in the Beijing Internet Court. An example of a case dealt with pursuant to the mechanism: in October 2018, the Beijing Internet Court authorized the  Intellectual Property Disputes People's Mediation Committee of the China Patent Protection Association to mediate a case of photo infringement disputes by public welfare institutions.

 

未经授权使用伴奏或有侵权风险

广州酷狗计算机科技有限公司起诉天格科技(杭州)有限公司、金华就约我吧网络科技有限公司著作权侵权。原告称,其经中国台湾丰华唱片股份有限公司授权,获得《离开悲伤》等多首歌曲在中国大陆地区的独占信息网络传播权。然而,两被告天格公司、就约我吧公司通过一定的技术手段去除了《离开悲伤》中人声演唱的部分,不但破坏了该歌曲的完整性,还涉嫌侵犯了酷狗公司对伴奏部分享有的录音制作者权。一审判决中,天河法院驳回酷狗公司对该歌曲所主张的权利,认为酷狗公司对于该歌曲的伴奏或演唱并不分别独立享有相关权利。酷狗公司向广州知识产权法院提起上诉。

近日,广州知识产权法院认为,《离开悲伤》录音制品内容包括歌曲伴奏及演唱,该歌曲伴奏及演唱的结合构成录音制品权利客体,录音制作者及其相关权利人不能单独以歌曲伴奏或演唱分别主张录音制作者权,但是,这并不意味着他人可以单独利用歌曲伴奏或演唱实施受录音制作者权控制的行为。

据此,二审法院认定二被告未经许可擅自提供酷狗公司享有独家信息网络传播权的歌曲《离开悲伤》伴奏下载的行为,侵犯了该歌曲录音制作者权中的信息网络传播权,对广东省广州市天河区人民法院(下称天河法院)此前作出的一审判决予以改判。

Music Backing Track Protected by Copyright Law

Guangzhou KuGou Computer Technology Co., Ltd. sued Tiange Technology (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. and Jinhua Jiuyuewoba Network Technology Co, Ltd. for copyright infringement. The Plaintiff had obtained  the exclusive information network dissemination rights in relation to many songs, including ‘Leave Sadness’, from Taiwan Forward Music Co. Ltd. The Defendants   removed part of the vocals through certain technical means, thereby, according to the Plaintiff, destroying the integrity of the song and violating the Plaintiff’s record producer rights in the accompaniment. In the first-instance verdict, the Tianhe Court rejected the Plaintiff’s claimThe Plaintiff appealed to the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court.

The Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court held that the content of the ‘Leave Sadness’ sound recordings included both the song accompaniment and the singing performance. The two defendants had provided network dissemination services in relation to the accompaniment, without permission, thereby infringing the Plaintiff’s right of information network transmission. The first instance verdict of the Guangzhou Tianhe District People's Court was reversed.