(Yicai Global) April 29 -- Police in China have cracked a CNY230 million (USD34.2 million) case of piracy and copyright infringement involving 25 movies that included eight blockbusters such as The Wandering Earth and Crazy Alien, according to statements on their official Twitter-like Weibo social media account yesterday.
Regional police departments collared 251 suspects and came down hard on 361 websites airing pirated videos, as well as 57 mini programs. They also seized seven servers and 14,000 devices for making high-definition pirated films.
Some online platforms trading second-hand items sold pirated hit movies during this year's Feb. 5 to Feb. 10 Spring Festival holiday sometimes for as little as CNY1 (15 US cents).
Online video site Imahua's app was the top infringement channel, with over 1 million registered users and the number of clicks on pirated versions of films hitting Chinese cinemas over the Chinese New Year reaching about 5.3 million, police said.
The China Film Administration will enhance its technological counter measures, upgrade its tech or force from the market equipment that poses a piracy risk, while blocking channels for high-definition bootlegging, said Deputy Director Li Guoqi.
Editor: Ben Armour