Jimmy Lin loses copyright infringement case

12 Sep - Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin has recently lost his copyright infringement case, and was asked to pay a total fine of RMB 345,000 (approx. USD 53,263).

As reported on Epoch Times, the infringement issue started back in 2013 when Jimmy celebrated his Sina Weibo reaching 21 million followers by sharing an edited image of a line of Chinese soldiers, where his face was imposed on one of the subjects.

However, his action was slammed by Zhu Qingfu - the photographer who took the photo back in 1992, who stated that Jimmy has distorted an image that meant a lot to him.

He demanded that the actor take down the image, offer a formal apology, and pay over RMB 1.1 million in compensation.

Jimmy had since apologised to Zhu, although stressed that he wasn't the one who modified the photo, since he only shared a retouched version made by a different person. He also stated that the compensation demanded by Zhu was too high.

However, on 8 September, the Beijing Haidian District Court determined that Jimmy's action constituted infringement of copyright, and decided that Jimmy not only apologise to Zhu on his social media but also pay the aforementioned compensation.