Foxy Media Inc (景昌資訊科技) has closed its popular peer-to-peer file-sharing Foxy program after a long-term dispute over copyright infringement.
The company said on Saturday it decided to terminate services because they could help users to illegally download files.
“Foxy’s file-sharing function has resulted in severe leakage of confidential information, as some users were using the program improperly. For this reason, a court in Taiwan has ruled it to be controversial software,” Foxy Media said in a statement.
In April 2009, Foxy Media president Li Hsien-ming (李憲明) was charged by the Banciao District Court with violating the Copyright Act (著作權法).
Prosecutors said the Foxy file exchange Web site and the file-sharing program infringed upon the music copyrights of What’s Music International Inc (上華) and Universal Music Group and the film copyrights of Disney, Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox.
Li was given a jail sentence of 18 months by the court in the first trial. He appealed the sentence and said he would close the P2P file-sharing program.
The Intellectual Property Court later sentenced Li to five years of probation.
Separately, light-emitting diode (LED) product supplier Everlight Electronics Co (億光) said on Friday it had won an administrative suit that it believes will give it an edge in other patent proceedings against Nichia Corp of Japan.
Taiwan’s Supreme Administrative Court upheld a Taipei High Administrative Court verdict, which ruled that a patent asserted by Nichia related to LED component production technology was invalid.
According to Everlight, the court agreed with its contention that Nichia was not the inventor of the patent and that Everlight had the right to apply the technology covered by the patent to its production process.
Everlight, whose production line includes LED components, LED lighting, and testing and packaging services, said the Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is expected to revoke the patent it granted to Nichia.
The company initiated complaint in 2009, saying the use of the disputed patent did not violate Nichia’s intellectual property rights.
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