April 22, 2019
Latest News

China suspends website for black hole copyright

 An undated handout photo made available by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration on Apr.10, 2019 shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun. Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. EPA-EFE/EVENT HORIZON TELESCOPE COLLABORATION/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

An undated handout photo made available by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration on Apr.10, 2019 shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the sun. Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. EPA-EFE/EVENT HORIZON TELESCOPE COLLABORATION/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Beijing, Apr 12 (efe-epa).- Chinese authorities have suspended the website of the country's largest stock images provider after it was found to have put its copyright mark on the first ever photo taken of a black hole, state-owned China Daily newspaper reported Friday.

Visual China Group (VCG) has been alleged to have published with its watermark the black hole photo soon after it was released on Wednesday, leading the cyberspace affairs authority in Tianjin (north) to suspend its website.

The incident led to the National Copyright Administration in China announcing on Friday that it would launch a campaign to regulate the image copyright market, underlining that firms should set up mechanisms to uphold copyright as per legal requirements.

The copyright claim over a picture, which was released by Event Horizon Telescope and was not meant for commercial usage, meant that users downloading the image from VCG were required to pay for it.

All images provided by organizations like the European Southern Observatory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are available for free as long as users cite the source.

The photo of the black hole, located 53.3 million light years from the Earth and taken by the Event Horizon Telescope also fell under this category.

The Chinese company issued a statement saying they had obtained the rights of the image for use in the media and not for commercial use such as advertisements.

However, ESO – which holds the rights over the image – has denied having received any message from VCG, and said it was illegal for the Chinese firm to ask money for the use of the photo.

The incident led to protests in social networks in the Asian country, some of them from other companies and organizations that found their own content on the VCG website.

Moreover, the Communist Youth League Central Committee, on its official handle on Weibo – Chinese equivalent of Twitter – criticized VCG for making users pay for photographs of the national emblem on its website.

The authorities at Tianjin decided to suspend the website in the wake of the controversy, even though VCG released another statement with an apology and admitting that many of its images came from third parties without any ties to their company.

Founded in June 2000, VCG had collected revenues to the tune of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million) in the first three quarters of 2018.

jacb/sc/ssk

News history
China silk production in Shengze photo set

Aleksandar Plavevski, Shengze, China, Apr 22 (EPA/EFE).- Shengze is one of the world's largest producers of materials for the garment industry, supplying...

Huawei's first quarter revenue touches 39% despite security concerns

Beijing, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Monday announced that the firm recorded an increase of 39% year-on-year in the first quarter...

Popular Uruguayan hot springs discovered while searching for oil

By Raul Martinez and Sarah Yañez-Richards

Venezuela's Zulia state hit by power outage

Caracas, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- A power outage hit the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulia early Sunday, state-owned electric utility Corpoelec said.

Besides electricity, what else does Venezuela lose in a blackout?

By Hector Pereira

The business lesson in Tiger Woods' big comeback: Rebuild, don't replace

By John D. Stoll

The inside story on the Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis

By Cristina Cabrejas

Farming crisis looms large on India's ongoing general elections

Mathura, India, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- The discontent of farmers, the largest workforce in India, might prove decisive in the ongoing general elections, where...

Leaders from 37 countries to attend second Belt and Road forum in Beijing

Beijing, Apr 19 (efe-epa).– A total of 37 heads of state or government are expected to attend the second Belt and Road forum in Beijing next week to...

Financial turbulence hits Jet Airways, once a trailblazer of India’s aviation

By Sarwar Kashani,

Global press freedom under threat, says media watchdog report

Paris, Apr 18 (efe-epa).- The global press freedom is regressing with more and more countries putting journalists at risk and authoritarian regimes...

Peasants in Mexico seek alternatives to growing opium poppies

Chilpancingo, Mexico, Apr 17 (epa-efe).- Peasants in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero who have long subsisted by growing opium poppies want to get out...

Uruguay theater bus presents comic reenactment of Paysandu history

By Raul Martinez

India's Jet Airways suspends all flights after running out of money

New Delhi, Apr 17 (efe-epa).- Indian airline Jet Airways suspended all of its domestic and international flights as it ran out of money after a refusal by...

US to allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba

Washington, Apr 17 (efe-epa).- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the US government would invoke a measure for the first time that allows...

Apple, Qualcomm end legal feud

San Diego (USA) Apr 17 (efe-epa).- Apple and Qualcomm agreed to dismiss all litigation between the two companies world-wide and forged a new license...

Uber shows why food-delivery business is no cheap date

Madrid, Apr. 17 (EFE).- Uber's drive to go public is lighting a fire under an already-sizzling market for online food delivery, where everyone wants to eat...

China growth beats expectations thanks to humming factories

By James T. Areddy

EU urges companies to counterattack US lawsuits on Cuba

Havana, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- European Union authorities on Tuesday committed themselves to protecting the interests of businessmen from the bloc in Cuba and...

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador daily press conference

Mexico City, Apr 16 (epa-efe).- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday touted the creation of more than 269,000 jobs in the first quarter, saying...

American Airlines to boost Boeing 737 MAX training

New York (USA), Apr 16 (efe-epa).- American Airlines Group Inc., after saying for months that its pilots didn't need additional ground-simulator experience...

China pushes for power of electric vehicles in face of declining sales

By Paula Escalada Medrano

Former VW chief faces new allegations

Madrid, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- German prosecutors charged former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn and four others with fraud relating to emissions...

Investors suffer a smoking relapse

New York (USA), Apr 16 (efe-epa).- Much like die-hard smokers, investors are finding it hard to stay away from cigarettes, according to a Dow Jones...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.