Ms. Lin (pseudonym) in Hangzhou found out that the location of the TV series was her vacant villa in Ningbo. She subsequently sued the TV series producer, property company, and broadcasting platform to the court, demanding compensation of nearly 3 million yuan.
A few days ago, the Cixi City Court in Ningbo made a judgment of first instance: it ordered the producers of the two TV series to compensate Ms. Lin’s property losses and housing costs of more than 400,000 yuan, and rejected the plaintiff’s compensation for ” the act of shooting and broadcasting housing scenes violated the right to privacy.” The 2 million yuan litigation claims that the producer and broadcasting platform do not constitute a privacy infringement, because the house involved in the case was shown to the unspecified public as a model house before the purchase, and characteristic information such as its structure, decoration, and item placement has been disclosed. The plaintiff did not make any changes to the structure or decoration after the purchase, and there were no items involving the plaintiff’s personality characteristics and meaning , or reflecting private information related to the plaintiff’s personal and identity. “It used to be a model house for display, but it is not the private space of the property owner? We will appeal if we are not satisfied with the judgment.” On March 3, lawyer Wang Qinbao of Zhejiang Siwei Law Firm, the attorney representing the plaintiff, told The Paper news.
In October 2015, Ms. Lin bought a villa in a high-end real estate in Cixi’s hometown; in November 2015, Ms. Lin handed over the keys to the property for emergency needs; at the end of 2017 and early 2018, “My Children and Me 》Entering the villa for filming; in September 2019, Ms. Lin saw her villa become the home of the heroine in the TV series; in October 2019, Ms. Lin went home to negotiate with the property and count the losses. In November 2019, Ms. Lin asked a lawyer to send a lawyer’s letter to the property, film and television company, etc., but was rejected and sued. On March 18, 2020, the court opened a hearing and learned that other crews had entered the villa to film and temporarily added a defendant. On March 3, 2021, the court ordered the producers of the two TV dramas to compensate Ms. Lin for property losses and housing costs of more than 400,000 yuan, and rejected the plaintiff’s compensation of 2 million for “the act of shooting and broadcasting housing scenes violates the right to privacy.” Yuan’s claim.