The online literature industry has flourished in recent years but with success comes the threat of piracy in China.
Internet writer Hongmou spent a year writing a three-million-word novel.
It was extremely popular but hundreds of websites are illegally copying it.
Internet writer Hongmou said, There's nothing I can do. About three hundred pirated web-sites are reprinting the novel. It seems that there's no way to root out all these web-sites.
This happens to nearly every novel that is published on licensed Internet literature web-sites. Even after one hour of introducing new material, you can read the latest chapter on pirate web-sites.
Experts in the field say up to 80 to 90 percent of online readers use the pirate web-sites, resulting in economic loss of four to six billion yuan each year.
Duan Wei, expert in the filed, said, "Pirate web-sites have already formed their own industry chain. How much investment you need, where to find the novels, how to find sponsors, it's an industry with clear guidelines. It seems that when a pirate web-site establishes a large readership, it can clear and elevate itself. It is worrying."
Piracy hurts about one million Internet writers. If the situation is not dealt with, there is the risk of stifling the industry.
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