Youku is illegally showing the entertainment program series “Kangxi is Coming,” whose online broadcast rights in China are owned by Tudou, Yu Bin, vice president of finance at Tudou, said in a phone interview today. Tudou has violated Youku’s rights on “more than 60 serials” including “The Emperor’s Harem,” Youku spokeswoman Jean Shao said in a separate phone interview.
The companies, both listed in New York, compete with each other by licensing content such as TV programs and films to win viewers in China, the world’s biggest Internet market by users. Neither has had an annual profit in at least three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Tudou “completely denies” the infringement allegations by Youku, Yu said. Youku’s Shao said Tudou’s claims were “unfair and misleading.”
An initial public offering by Shanghai-based Tudou in August raised $174 million after attracting investors including Sina Corp., operator of China’s most popular microblogging service. The IPO by Beijing-based Youku raised $233.3 million in December 2010.
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