The Xuhui District court has sentenced Wen Bote, the founder of the video-sharing website, Dilidili to three years and three months behind bars for copyright infringement.
The court reportedly fined Wen Bote 1 million yuan (US$152,000) and banned from any involvement in the online video industry for three years.
The Minhang District Procuratorate reportedly said that Wen shared over 6,000 episodes of Japanese anime on Dilidili without the permission of related owners and their companies, including video-streaming platform iQiyi and Tencent between 2015 and 2019 earning 400,000 yuan in total from advertising.
The procuratorate reportedly said that viewers watched videos on Dilidili for free. The four suspects were arrested in June and pleaded guilty. They were prosecuted by Minhang authorities four months later.
According to the court ruling, three other people who were in charge of the website’s advertising and technology departments received prison sentences of two years, with a two-year reprieve, and fines up to 100,000 yuan.