Chinese Copyright Group Sues TCL Mobile Over Ring Tones

Law360, New York (October 20, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Chinese copyright group is suing TCL Mobile Communication, the country's second largest mobile-phone maker, for installing copyrighted ring tones on its handsets without permission, Bloomberg News reported Monday.

The Music Copyright Society of China is seeking 12 million yuan, or $1.4 million, from TCL Mobile Communication and its distributor, Beijing Digital Electronic Communication Technology, for installing 107 copyrighted Chinese tunes on 12 TCL models, an official told Bloomberg News.

The Music Copyright Society has demanded 0.12 yuan, or 1.4 U.S. cents, for every ring tone...
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