A Hangzhou court has accepted and heard a lawsuit filed by Guangdong Zhongkai Culture Development Company against Chinese search service provider Zhongsou.com.

Zhongkai, which claims to be the sole owner of the online version of the film "The Promise", accuses Zhongsou.com of violating its copyright by allowing users to download the film without its permission and asks the search engine company to pay CNY1.2 million in compensation.

A representative of Zhongsou.com tells the media that his company only provides relevant links to the film and has nothing to do with the content. The representative adds that a careful observer will see from the downloading website address that that film is actually not downloaded through the website of Zhongsou.com.

The case is being processed by the court and a verdict may take months to reach.

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