BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Four executives of online video service Qvod were sentenced to up to three and a half years on Tuesday for spreading pornography for profits, according to a Beijing court ruling.
Wang Xin, former CEO of Shenzhen-based Qvod Technology Co. Ltd., was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and was fined 1 million yuan (149,254 U.S. dollars), according to the Haidian District People's Court.
The other three executives were handed prison terms of up to three years and three months and must pay fines up to 500,000 yuan, according to the court.
The company was fined 10 million yuan, according to the court.
Qvod is accused of spreading a large amount of pornography and pirated content on its popular video player and had generated a substantial income by charging users and advertisers.
According to Haidian District People's Procuratorate, 21,251 of 29,841 files that police obtained in 2013 from three servers used by Qvod were pornographic.