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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.

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