The company 9tro Group Pte Ltd (herein referred to as 9tro) has been notified of an online automotive web-portal based in China that has infringed on our intellectual property/copyrights. As per the images (as seen above and below) in this press statement, the said website has recently published a story of a modified Honda Civic Type R dated 7th June 2017.
As you may have noticed immediately after seeing them, the photos used in their article are identical to the photos we produced for our article published back on the 5th of April 2015 see link here: http://9tro.com/media/features/tuned-cars/honda-civic-type-r-seeing-red), wanchezhijia.com has cropped away our watermarks and added their own to the photos.
We will like to take this opportunity to inform our readers that wanchezhijia.com is in no way linked to us, and that their usage of our photos are an infringement of our intellectual copyrights. In their erroneous article, the Honda Civic Type R story was almost entirely lifted word for word from our original article with the mention of the car’s owner, Mr. Joshua Tan as well, who by the way used to be an intern at 9tro.
Aside from audaciously editing away our watermarks from our photos, no credit was mentioned/given to our Photography and Editorial Team for the offending story on their website. That said, we have already informed the relevant parties on the matter and are currently awaiting their response. 9tro is also conducting an independent investigation on how our photos came into the possession of wanchezhijia.com and will be keeping our readers in the loop on further developments on this matter.
We take a serious view on intellectual property rights. Any usage/reproduction/syndication of our content without our explicit written consent will be deemed as an infringement.
We will also like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends, fans and supporters who have been sharing and enjoying our efforts and sacrifices, in creating quality content for everyone.