The court held that the defendant’s collection of the articles involved and the provision of download services did not belong to the behavior of reprinting or excerpting between journals, and the defendant’s behavior constituted infringement. There were a total of 13 related lawsuits, and Century Chaoxing received a total of 196,000 yuan in compensation.
The copyright of the article involved can be traced back to September 2011. At that time, Century Chaoxing signed a “Personal Work Authorization Letter” with the author of the article involved. Within three months after the expiration of the period, the two parties have no objection, and the authorization will be automatically renewed.
However, in August 2021, before the expiration of the authorization letter, Century Chaoxing logged on to the website www.cnki.net (i.e. CNKI) operated by the defendant academic journal company, and found that it had provided paid online reading and payment of the above-mentioned articles involved without permission. Download the service, and Century Superstar entrusts an agent to notarize the preservation evidence and record the process. As a result, Century Chaoxing asked the court to order the defendant Academic Journal Company to compensate 42,500 yuan and pay Century Chaoxing’s lawyer fees of 3,000 yuan. During the trial, both Century Chaoxing and CNKI confirmed that the articles involved had been deleted.
The court held that the defendant’s collection of the articles involved and the provision of download services did not belong to the behavior of reprinting or excerpting between journals, and the defendant’s behavior constituted infringement. The court ordered the defendant to compensate the plaintiff for economic losses and rights protection expenses ranging from several thousand to ten thousand yuan.
Century Superstar is a digital library solution provider and digital book resource provider. According to the official website, Century Superstar owns Superstar Learning App and a series of products such as Discovery, Bailian, and Duxiu. It has been authorized by 360,000 individual authors. It has carried out in-depth cooperation with nearly 300 publishing houses such as Machinery Industry Press, CITIC Publishing Group and more than 10 publishing groups.
According to the data from Tianyancha, as of now, Century Chaoxing has been involved in more than 2,000 legal lawsuits. Among them, Century Chaoxing has involved more than 5.53 million yuan as the plaintiff, and Century Chaoxing has also been involved in more than 1,000 legal lawsuits as a defendant, involving an amount of over 988 million yuan. million.
Statistical source of the case against Century Chaoxing Company: Tianyancha China Knowledge Network official website shows that China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), the predecessor of CNKI, was founded in 1996, and China National Knowledge infrastructrue (CNKI) was launched in 1999. Namely CNKI.
In April of this year, the news that the Chinese Academy of Sciences was overwhelmed by the renewal cost of nearly 10 million to deactivate the CNKI database caused heated discussions. In addition to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, many colleges and universities, including Peking University, have also “break up” with CNKI due to high fees.
In addition, the copyright issues involved in CNKI have also become the focus of social attention. In 2021, CNKI was sued by retired professor Zhao Dexin for collecting more than 100 papers without authorization, and was finally sentenced to pay more than 700,000 yuan.
On May 13, the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation announced that, according to the previous verification, CNKI has been investigated for suspected monopolistic behavior according to law. On the same day, Tongfang announced that it would fully cooperate with the State Administration for Market Regulation in its anti-monopoly investigation of its subsidiaries. The announcement stated that it will take this investigation as an opportunity to conduct in-depth self-examination, comprehensive self-examination, thorough rectification, operate in compliance with laws and regulations, innovate the development model, and assume the social responsibility of China’s knowledge infrastructure.
On June 24, the relevant person in charge of the Cybersecurity Review Office stated that in order to prevent national data security risks, maintain national security, and protect public interests, on June 23, 2022, the Cybersecurity Review Office interviewed the person in charge of CNKI and announced that the Net launches cybersecurity review.
Tongfang’s 2021 annual report shows that CNKI is its wholly-owned subsidiary. According to the annual report, CNKI is mainly engaged in Internet publishing and service business. At present, it has formed a “China Knowledge Network” (CNKI) portal, providing users with “China Knowledge Resource Base”, “China Academic Journal Database”, “China Ph.D. A series of products such as “Thesis Database”, as well as Internet search, sharing and online publishing services for knowledge resources.
The annual report disclosed that Tongfang HowNet’s main business income was 1.289 billion yuan; the net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company was 194 million yuan. It is worth noting that CNKI’s gross profit margin reached 53.35%. As of the end of the reporting period, CNKI’s total assets reached 2.755 billion yuan.
As of August 4, Tongfang shares (600100.SH) closed up 1.38% at 4.42 yuan. The stock has fallen more than 26% this year.