Beijing Secondary People's Court has begun to hear a lawsuit filed by Shanghai Busheng Music and Culture Company against Beijing Feixingwang Music Software Development Company, who is accused of software copyright infringement.

This is the first court case in Beijing concerning P2P music downloading technology.

Shanghai Busheng accuses Beijing Feixingwang of illegally providing 59 songs whose copyright belongs to Shanghai Busheng for users to download, share and search.

Busheng says that Feixingwang has made as much as CNY2.944 billion from these illegal downloads.

Beijing Feixingwang argues that the P2P software it provides was developed by a Taiwan company, not itself, so it requests the court to reject the accusers' appeal.

No judgment has been released and another hearing is expected soon.

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