In China's domestic high-definition movie enthusiasts, siluhd is famous, it is known as China's largest high-definition digital portal website which has been established for 10 years and is the nation's top high-definition Blu-ray website, it gathered thousands of Blu-ray high-definition movies, high-quality music and games, the number of members has reached more than 140 million.
However, the site is also the most notorious pirate high-definition movie site. After several months of investigation, the Beijing Cultural Law Enforcement Team take action along with the police. The CEO Zhou and some others are arrested on charges of alleged infringement of intellectual property rights.
>> Site formation
“The HD enthusiasts gather to engage in piracy”
At the end of last year, MCLER received a report saying that siluhd might be involved in a large number of pirated infringement. The site is extremely covert, only by paying monthly to become a member can one download pirated Blu-ray high-definition movies.
After preliminary investigation, law enforcement officers found that on the surface the site is a general site introducing the Blu-ray content, including high-definition information and movie news, but in the HDStar forum behind the website, there are a lot of pirated movies and TV shows resources and nearly all of them are Blu-ray high-definition format, as long as one pays he will be able to download pirated HD blockbusters.
Law enforcement officers learned that the person in charge of the company is 45-year-old Zhou, graduated from Beijing University of Technology with a master's degree. He’s an IT elite. In 2003, he entered siluhd and gradually squeezed out the site's other senior, beginning to transform the site.
In 2008, he founded the “XIN TIAN YI PIN "companies and make the website affiliated with the company, starting pirated HD download business. Shortly thereafter, Zhou met Su who just departed from the bubble.net. Both being the IT elites and the high-definition enthusiasts, the two hit it off. Zhou hired Su as technical director in charge of the discretionary management of day-to-day matters, there’re other directors include "Druid", "4K", "Tian Gua", these people are HD enthusiasts, responsible for managing a team of more than 100 people, day-to-day monitoring and maintenance of the site.
> Development and growth
“over 30,000 online at the same time every day”
As long as paying the 50 Yuan membership fee every month to become a member of the siluhd, one can download Blu-ray high-definition pirated works. As the business grew and grew, the paid users reached more than 140 million, more than 30,000 people are online at the same time every day. Subsequently, Zhou started a physical store, selling Website Member invite code, Blu-ray player, pirated HD discs, he started an online shop as well
According to the survey of law enforcement officers the ten-year history of siluhd accumulates high reputation in the piracy HD community, many small pirated HD website are founded following its step like “mysilu” , ”HDC”. At the same time, siluhd made part of pirated HD sites closed down through competition and incorporated their resources. According to incomplete statistics from law enforcement officers, at present many pirated high-definition video on the internet are originally downloaded from siluhd.
> Arrest experience
“CEO asked the extent of crime when arrested”
On April 24, MCLER network brigade along with the police started arresting the main members of “Xin Pin Yi Tian” company. At 9:00, the reporter came to Zhou’s house with the police. Perhaps Zhou has foreseen this would happen, he did not open the door, the police then called the property to get Zhou’s door opened.
"I know I have the rights to silence, I want to see my lawyer." When the police questioned Zhou, he repeated these words. Until after hearing the police saying "we come to you because there is sufficient evidence, you should know the legality of your site resources, even you do not say your men will say" Zhou wavered. His face became unnatural and he constantly drunk water.
When law enforcement officers found the involved disc and data in the Zhou house, he finally could not stand it, "I would like to ask you something under the premise of not interfering the judice the investigation, what’s the extent of the crime I committed?"
> Dealt with according to law
“30 staff are facing detention”
With Zhou’s corporation law enforcement officers soon cracked several of his computers and copied the relevant information. Another batch of law enforcement officers detained the company's directors Su Kou etc. the same day. “Zhou, as intellectuals, was very clear of his violation of the law and that he will face punishment”, police said.
Subsequently, Zhou took law enforcement officers to the company in Guancheng North Park, Haidian District and retrieved the involving information. In the company, the police found a total of more than 190 hard disks that are all full of high-definition video, each hard drive’s capacity is 1 TB. By preliminary estimates, there’re totally ten thousand movies and TV shows.
Law enforcement officers revealed that the siluhd has 139 employees. , Zhou and other eight directors of the Company has been under criminal detention on suspicion of the crime of infringement of intellectual property rights, another 30 employees who uploaded resources that has been more than 50,000 times will also face detention.