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BEIJING (AP) — A court in China has upheld a six-year prison sentence for a Chinese entrepreneur who made unlicensed copies of Lego toy blocks valued at 300 million yuan ($46 million).
The Higher People’s Court in Shanghai also upheld a 90 million yuan ($14 million) fine imposed on the entrepreneur, identified only by his surname, Li, according to a court announcement.
The appeals court also upheld sentences ranging from 3 to 4 1/2 years for eight other defendants.
Starting in 2015, Li and the other defendants set up a factory that made copies of Lego bricks and toys and sold them under the brand name Leping, the court said.
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The Shanghai court concluded the offense was an “especially serious” violation of copyright law and rejected their appeal.
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