The ver­dict fully pro­tects he­roes and mar­tyrs, and also aims to reg­u­late on­line be­hav­iors.”

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Wang Nana,

Ye’s fam­ily mem­bers and close rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing Ye’s son Ye Zheng­guang and Ye’s grand­son Ye Day­ing, sued the com­pany in late May, say­ing the law­suit was not only for Ye, but also for all mar­tyrs and their suc­ces­sors.

Although the com­pany re­moved the video clip be­fore the court heard the case on July 15 and its ac­count on the Toutiao was shut down, “the on­line be­hav­ior se­ri­ously dam­aged Ye’s rep­u­ta­tion, brought neg­a­tive ef­fects to so­ci­ety and harmed the pub­lic in­ter­est”, said judge Wang.

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tion’s Law of Pro­tec­tion of He­roes and Mar­tyrs, ap­proved on May 1, ac­tiv­i­ties that de­fame he­roes and mar­tyrs or dis­tort and di­min­ish their deeds will be banned. Tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, videos, films, pub­lish­ers and the in­ter­net must not vi­o­late their right to a good name, im­age, rep­u­ta­tion and honor.

The law also stip­u­lates that the name and photo of he­roes and mar­tyrs can­not be used in trade­marks and ad­ver­tise­ments.

“The com­pany should have known the dam­age to Ye’s rep­u­ta­tion be­fore up­load­ing the video clip on its Rage Comic, but it still did so, which means it in­ten­tion­ally made the mis­take,” Wang said.

“The rep­u­ta­tion of he­roes and mar­tyrs must not be harmed in cy­berspace, and on­line works should also take the na­tional in­ter­est as pri­or­ity,” she added.

Ye, born in Guang­dong prov­ince in 1896 and passed away in 1946, was a great Marx­ist, pro­le­tar­ian rev­o­lu­tion­ary and mil­i­tary leader.

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