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· A MESSAGE TO MENG HAORAN 赠孟浩然 sues rival for millions, known as the "Chinese Facebook", sued Qianxiang Hulian, the former operator of in Beijing yesterday, alleging copyright infringement and demanding 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in compensation.

Qianxiang Hulian denied the charge, saying is now under the control of Qianxiang Wangjing, another subsidiary company of Oak Pacific Interactive Co.

"Before we heard the charge, we had already transferred the operating rights to Qianxiang Wangjing in accordance with group's long-term development goal. We applied in April and got the approval from Beijing Communications Administration in May," Cai Ming, public relations manager of Oak Pacific Interactive Co, told METRO yesterday.

"We have not avoided their charge or stalled for time in our response, like stated in court, because we received the summons in June," Cai Ming added.

Qianxiang Hulian also defended itself by saying the company bought the domain name through legal channels.

In addition to asking for 10 million yuan of compensation and a public apology, also wants Qianxiang Hulian to stop using, the name Kaixin, or anything similar. claimed in court it was "dishonest competition" because netizens could not tell the difference between the two sites, which caused a decline in numbers of registered users.

" has lost many potential users and suffered a heavy loss," a lawyer for argued in court.

The lawyer expressed a desire to settle the matter in court, but Qianxiang Hulian declined.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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