According to Oriental Daily, almost 20,000 people from all over the world had signed up for the first semester by the end of June, and tuition already hit NT$150 million (US$5.4 million) by then. Yet, there were video platforms offering the same course for as low as NT$150 (US$5.4).
Wang called the police as soon as he found out and initiated legal action. However, he soon realized that there was not only one but thousands of platforms pirating his course, which caused a loss of at least NT$7.2 million (US$260,000). He therefore appealed to his fans for not falling for the deception.
“Some have been selling YueXue’s material on e-commerce sites like Taobao and Pinduoduo, while others distribute the course on short video platforms like Douyin and Bilibili. Wang’s studio therefore asks the fans not to buy the pirated course, as it does not have any kind of interaction with classmates or tutors and most importantly, does not issue graduation certificates,” says Xiangjing Luo, a partner at Jadong in Beijing. “Till the present moment, it is not known whether Wang or the Shanghai-based company that runs YueXue has filed any administrative complaints or lawsuits. I must say that filing either an administrative complaint or a lawsuit requires the entire team of Wang to gather a lot of evidence to prove, which can be very costly. Nevertheless, if the evidence collected is conclusive, it is very likely that the pirates will be punished severely by law.”