In April of this year, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court accepted a lawsuit against the software operators of “WeChat Automatic Red Packet Grabbing” for unfair competition. The software enables users to automatically grab WeChat red envelopes when running in the background, and sets up an “anti-blocking protection” to deal with WeChat software governance measures.
Recently, the court found that the act of Palm Vision Company , the software developer , constituted unfair competition and sentenced it to compensate the two plaintiffs for economic losses of 4.5 million yuan and reasonable expenditures of about 254,000 yuan.
It is understood that neither party filed an appeal, and the verdict of the case has come into effect.
Tencent said that when “WeChat Auto Grab Red Packets” is running, users do not need to start the “WeChat” software, and can automatically grab red envelopes in WeChat, disrupting the normal operating environment and operation order of WeChat.
Secondly, the “WeChat automatic red envelope grabbing” software illegally monitors WeChat chat records, grabs information related to red envelopes in the WeChat chat records and seriously infringes on users privacy and WeChat data security.
The court held that there was a market competition between the plaintiff and the defendant. Secondly, the software involved in the case used technical means to disrupt the normal operation of “WeChat”, which was an infringement.
At the same time, the “WeChat automatic red envelope grabbing” software has directly changed the normal operation process of the “WeChat red envelope” function through technical means. The traffic of “WeChat” is reduced and weakened.
In addition, batch and automated operation methods will inevitably increase the operational burden of the “WeChat” server.