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By Charlotte Yang / Feb 19, 2019 12:51 PM / Society & Culture

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

The novel “In the Name of the People” (人民的名义) is one of this decade’s most influential Chinese political thrillers – inspiring both a highly viewed TV series and accolades from Chinese state media.

But another Chinese novelist, Li Xia, claims that the novel has plagiarized her earlier book published in 2010, and is suing author Zhou Meisen and his publishing house for copyright infringement.

A preliminary trial dismissed the Li's claim entirely – but Li has now successfully appealed, and her case is currently under review at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

Li said Zhou plagiarized her book “Defending Life and Death” (生死捍卫) according to a notice published Tuesday by a Beijing court. She requested that Zhou and his publishing house issue an apology, pay 1.1 million yuan in compensation and halt the book’s publication, according to Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

“In the Name of the People” was the most-watched drama in China in 2017. Xinhua said it took “a realist approach towards Chinese polity and bureaucracy under the high pressure of anti-corruption.”

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