Plagiarism case: Yu Zheng lost the first trial

2014-12-25 08:33:55 GMT2014-12-25 16:33:55(Beijing Time)  SINA English

Wang Ruiqi

Chiung Yao and Yu Zheng Chiung Yao and Yu Zheng
Chiung Yao and Yu Zheng Chiung Yao and Yu Zheng

The Third Intermediate People's Court of Beijing ruled today that mainland screenwriter and producer Yu Zheng is guilty of plagiarism and has to pay compensation worth 5,000,000($0.8 million) as well as apologize publicly to Taiwan popular romance novelist Chiung Yao.

According to the verdict, the four television companies are asked to stop broadcasting Yu Zheng's drama "The Palace: The Lost Daughter" on both TV and the Internet, or releasing any copies of the TV series.

Yu Zheng’s studio released an announcement immediately after the verdict: “The No. 3 Intermediate People's Court of Beijing on December 25 2014 announced the verdict of the plagiarism case. We are sorry that the court rejected reasonable demands of Yu Zheng and the four television companies. Due to insufficient evidences and the improper use of legal provisions, we are going to appeal for a second trial and will defend our lawful rights and interests. ”

As early as in April 2014, Chiung Yao has been claiming that the plot of TV series "The Palace: The Lost Daughter" was actually based on her 1992 novel "Plum Blossom Scar".

Yu Zheng’s drama "The Palace: The Lost Daughter" aired on Hunan Satellite TV on the mainland, while "Plum Blossom Scar" was adapted into a TV series screened in 1993. Chiung Yao also demanded a compensation of 20 million yuan (3.2 million US dollars).

The case has drawn wide discussion and massive media attention in both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, with most netizens and screenwriters voicing their support for novelist Chiung Yao.

(Wang Ruiqi)

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