Youku Tudou sue Xiaomi for providing unlicensed content via Xiaomi Box

Xiaomi have had a rather great year. The launch of their latest flagship, roping in Hugo Barra, posting impressive growth figures; Xiaomi’s seen it all in the recent months. In a recent development that is seen as a party spoiler for Xiaomi, popular Chinese video streaming service, Youku Tudou took Xiaomi to court for allegedly providing users of the Xiaomi Box with unlicensed content.

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This comes just days after Hugo Barra, former VP at Android, joined the Xiaomi office on the 9th of October. According to Sina Tech, Xiaomi is accused of providing Xiaomi Box users access to more than 10 TV series, the copyright of which is held by Youku Tudou. The video streaming site have also demanded that Xiaomi stop the distribution of the content in question, and along with a public apology, reimburse the company to the tune of RMB 5.1 million ($830,000).

Whether Xiaomi make mincemeat of this accusation or give in, only time will tell.

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  1. Markoff
    October 11, 2013

    Wow, you spelled Youku name correctly once, respect!

    Please could be people writing here about Chinese companies know at least their real names in their educated opinions/articles… Poor Todou…

    • fel
      October 12, 2013

      i sometimes wonder wether youku and likes pay their royalties with US or other foreign parties, responsible for the content youku and so on happily founded their very existence of