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The Chinese authorities’ ongoing efforts to crack down on piracy have claimed another big scalp after police shuttered the nation's largest online source of not-entirely-properly-sourced movies last Friday, cuffing eight execs along the way. Siluhd.com is said to have over 140 million members, who each pay 50 yuan (£5) every …

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Defies Belief.

"Siluhd.com is said to have over 140 million members, who each pay 50 yuan (£5) every month to access a vast range of movies the site probably isn't really allowed to offer."

1) "Siluhd" looks like no form of Chinese with which I am familiar; unless that's "Si Lu HD (High Def)" in which case I'm too lazy to get my Mandarin dictionaries out - assuming it's Mandarin in the first place. (And anyway, I'd need to see the actual characters.)

2) "Over 140 million members, who each pay 50 yuan (£5) every month" is over a billion dollars a month. That has to be wrong, doesn't it? 50 yuan is £5.20 times 140 million equals £728,000,000 or $1,130,280,000 per month (at today's rate of £1 = $1.55). This defies belief. Zhou Mou should have become the richest man in the world a long time ago.

3) " A vast range of movies the site probably isn't really allowed to offer." Yeah, probably.

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Re: Defies Belief.

Well, a quick name change never hurts anyone.....

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Re: Defies Belief.

Sites like this in China only exist with the permission of the authorities.

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Re: Defies Belief.

Its missing a . in there, its 1.4 million members not 140 million

http://english.caijing.com.cn/2013-04-26/112716865.html?utm_source=Sinocism+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5b8e2a7f18-Sinocism04_28_13&utm_medium=email

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Re: Defies Belief.

It's still a significant amount of money each month.

Is that 1.4m paying members a month (reports are abir contradictory) because thats in the region of £7m a month.

With that much money he could easily pay his way out of this problem.

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@turtle: Re: "its 1.4 million members not 140 million"

Talking about messing up units......... :

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That's still over £7 million (US$1.1 million) a month though.
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:-)

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@Jamie Jones: Re: @turtle: "its 1.4 million members not 140 million"

*sighs*

Oh well! (I am going to delete that message and repost a corrected variant.) But thank you for pointing that out.

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"its 1.4 million members not 140 million"

And right you are! (And thank you for actually taking the time to look which I should have done myself.) Still, leaving out the decimal point should have inflated the number by 10x to 14 million and not by 100x to the 140 million given in the story. That's still over £7 million (nearly US$11 million) a month though.

"Siluhd.com, founded 10 years ago has grown into a leading blu-ray site in China gathering tens of thousands of blu-rays as well as quality music and games, with more than 1.4million members and daily average concurrent users of over 30,000." (From the Caijing link given in the article.)

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Happy

Re: @Jamie Jones: @turtle: "its 1.4 million members not 140 million"

:-) Any time!

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They should rethink their strategy

If they hadn't censored the movies and actually allowed more western movies through, people wouldn't turn to piracy!

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It's all good

Maybe in China they'll just shoot these criminals instead of wasting jail space?

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FAIL

With those kind of customer numbers, he should've just worked out a profit sharing scheme with the studios he was stealing content from, he still would've been making a LOT of money. He worked hard to get the customer base but was too greedy in the end.

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Alien

So Hollywood could be making $11 billion dollars a month from China but they'd rather just whinge and whine about piracy?

Is this the definition of insanity?

Fuck!

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