Tencent asks Douyin to start showing some copyrighted content

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BEIJING, Nov 12 (Businesshala) – ByteDance’s Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, said on Friday that it has requested Tencent (0700.HK) to allow short videos based on Tencent’s copyrighted movies and TV shows to be shown. was received. Doyin.

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Tencent’s move meets a need for Chinese regulators to create an open Internet, Douyin said in a statement, adding that “we are delighted that Tencent’s copyrighted material can be shared on Douyin”.

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Tencent said on Friday it was testing a project to allow third-party creators to use some of its copyrighted material in their works, and issued an invitation to other platforms to help promote them. Was.

The success follows years of strained relations between the two social media rivals and this year’s rebuke by Chinese regulators about the tech industry’s “walled garden” practice that prevents rivals from sharing links and services on their platforms. stops.

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In August, after Tencent Video filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the company, Douyin removed thousands of user-generated videos related to a television series produced by Tencent Video.

ByteDance also said in Friday’s statement that it had repeatedly applied to Tencent’s messaging app WeChat to restore the sharing and login functions of Douyin and its video-streaming app Zigua.

WeChat users can currently share douyin and zigua links if they update to the latest version. Tencent declined to comment on this.

Reporting by Yingzi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Barbara Lewis

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