Canto-pop star Kelly Chen Wai-lam's record company has won a $296,000 payout from three mainland companies which pirated the singer's work and sold it on CDs in Shenzhen. The three companies were found guilty by a Shenzhen court of infringing the copyright of Go East Record Company in Hong Kong, which holds the production and distribution rights to Chen's songs, the China News Agency reported. The case, one of the highest-profile victories for Hong Kong record companies in the war against rampant mainland piracy, was brought to court after Go East representatives bought a CD of Chen's songs at a shop run by the Weili Shiye Company. Go East then filed a writ with the Shenzhen court suing the defendants after verifying that the discs were manufactured and published without authorisation. The manufacturer was Zhongshan Lihua Compact Discs Manufacturing Company and the publisher Quizhou Broadcasting Television University Audio and Visual Materials Publishing Company. The court ruled that the manufacturer and the publisher had to pay 150,000 yuan (HK$144,300) each to Go East as compensation for the infringement, while the retailer had to pay 8,000 yuan for economic losses to the record company.