Jeboo sues MPA over 'honor'


HONG KONG -- The MPA will stand its ground against a Chinese Web site that filed a defamation suit against it, the group's legal counsel told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

Beijing Jeboo Interactive Science & Technology filed suit against the MPA and five member companies this week, claiming that its honor and image as one of China's largest authorized online media providers was seriously damaged by a public MPA statement on the case.

"We stand behind what we said in the press statement, and we will defend the suit vigorously. We'll be dealing with it in the Chinese courts," said Frank Rittman, vp, deputy regional director and regional legal counsel, for the MPA in Asia-Pacific.

In a statement released March 6, the MPA said it had reached a global settlement agreement with Jeboo. The MPA also said the Chinese company had agreed to cease all infringing activities as well as apologize, pledge to prevent future infringement and provide monetary compensation.

Jeboo could not be reached for comment.

The MPA filed complaints in the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate court in September and December 2007 against Jeboo and two co-defendants for the illegal online distribution of member company titles including "Click," "Hitch" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."