China?s Wanda denies Disney copyright infringement accusation

Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Wanda Group, attends press conference of Golbal Premiere of Han Show and Grand Opening of the Wanda Movie Park on December 20, 2014 in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters China Jun 01, 2016, 06.52 AM (IST)

China's Wanda Group said it didn't violate the copyrights of Disney's cartoon images in its newly-inaugurated theme park, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Wanda's subsidiary Nanchang Wanda City Cultural and Tourism Management Ltd., the operator of the company's entertainment complex "Wanda City" in east China's Nanchang, said on its official Weibo account that a recent report by Bloomberg mistook a commercial area inside the complex as part of its newly-opened theme park. The "Nanchang Wanda Park" has never used any Disney images in its display, promotion and other business activities. Those shops that sell Disney souvenirs in the commercial area "Wanda Mall" are all authorized dealers and subject to no copyright infringement activities, the statement said.

Bloomberg reported Monday that Disney will take actions to defend its intellectual property in response to the news agency's questions on Wanda's alleged infringement.

Wanda Group called the accusation groundless, saying it felt deeply regretful and reserves the right to take legal actions, according to its statement.

Disney's accusation came after Wanda opened on Saturday a 40-billion-yuan (6.1 billion U.S. dollar) theme park in Nanchang, capital city of eastern Jiangxi Province. It is seen as the latest rival to the Shanghai Disneyland that is scheduled to open in mid-June.