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Douyin removes user clips after copyright showdown with Tencent

Dispute comes as production companies tackle piracy on short-video platforms

Douyin has removed more than 8,000 user-generated videos considered to violate the copyright of a popular crime drama.   © Reuters

The Chinese version of the short-video app TikTok has taken down thousands of user-generated clips suspected of violating copyrights to a TV crime drama streamed on Tencent Video, as legal tussles intensified over intellectual property infringement and online distribution rights between the companies.

The showdown pitting user-generated content against expensively produced professional video came to a head after Tencent Video, the video streaming platform owned by Tencent Holdings, said last week it had filed a lawsuit against Douyin for copyright infringement and unfair competition, alleging it allowed users to upload content from "Crime Crackdown" without its consent, according to domestic media reports.

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