YOUKU.COM, China’s top online video firm, said Friday it has initiated legal proceedings against rival Tudou Holdings for allegedly infringing on the copyright of its videos.
Tudou also said late Thursday that it would take legal action against Youku for allegedly reposting episodes of a popular variety program on Youku’s platform.
Cti TV, the legal copyright holder of “Kangxi is Coming,” signed an exclusive agreement with Tudou in November to distribute the episodes of the program on its platform, Tudou said in a statement.
Tudou and Cti TV allege that the episodes were then copied by Youku and uploaded onto Youku’s platform.
Youku subsequently countered Friday that Tudou had allegedly pirated more than 60 television serials from Youku and that the firm had initiated court proceedings against Tudou in Shanghai.
Youku said in a statement that legal mediation between the two sides had failed.
The battle for content in China’s online video space has heated up this year with costs for programs rising significantly as online video players scramble for eyeballs to lure advertisers.
Domestic online video advertising revenue is now estimated to be 1 billion yuan (US$156.90 million).(SD-Agencies)