China International Television Corporation, an affiliate of CCTV, is using the Chinese courts to fight six online video service providers, including ku6.com, 6.cn and aeeboo.com.
Beijing's Haidian District Court has already issued a preliminary order and judgement that the online video service providers had violated the rights of CCTV and has asked them to stop the infringement and compensate CCTV. CCTV is asking for CNY16.2 million in compensation.
CCTV says its distribution of TV soap operas has declined since last year due to the illegal broadcasting of these TV shows by these online video service providers.
However, a representative from ku6.com was cited by local media as saying that most of the online video programs on their website were uploaded by the Internet users instead of the website itself.