In April 2019, the controversy over copyright protection of VisualChina caused by pictures of black holes and of national flag and emblem has triggered public concern about the corporate behavior of copyright infringement. After the dispute, the brand image of VisualChina fell sharply. As the data of iiMedia Public Opinion Monitoring System showed, the Yanzhi Index of VisualChina dropped from 44.3 on April 10th to 8.2 on April 16th, and its comments on the Internet showed a negative trend. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, 78.8% of the interviewed enterprises believed that the way of rights protection acts of VisualChina was blackmail. More than three quarters of the interviewed enterprises took more than three months to resolve copyright disputes, and 69.0% of the interviewed enterprises believed that dealing with copyright infringement disputes had caused a burden on enterprises. The abuse of rights of copyright protection by enterprises leads to the phenomenon of copyright infringement becoming more and more frequent, which has caused serious interference to social order. The lack of social responsibility of such enterprises has also aroused public outrage. 72.4% of the interviewed netizen think that the frequent copyright disputes in the industry are deliberately caused by the enterprises involved. 38.3% of the interviewed netizen think that such acts have touched the bottom line of the public.
On April 11, 2019, Visual China claimed that the copyright of “black hole“ belonged to their company, and other public should pay fees if they use this subject . This remark and behavior caused an uproar. At 15 o'clock on the afternoon of April 11, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League issued a microblog questioning that “the copyright of the national flag and national emblem is also your company?“, pushing visual China to the cusp of public opinion; then Nanjing Suning, Baidu, Phoenix Network Technology, 360 Cleanup Master Official Sina Weibo accounts such as Sina Games and Guizhou Maotai have also followed up, questioning their logo as a visual Chinese copyright. iiMedia Public Opinion Consultation System (yq.iimedia.cn found that Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai are most concerned about the development of this event. The visual China index has dropped to 16.3 from the previous 44.3, and the Internet word of mouth has been turned downside. The visual Chinese brand image has plummeted as the negative public sentiment continues to ferment, the picture copyright issue has become hotly debated.