NetDragon Websoft's Liu Dejian, 43, told the Wall Street Journal that the 853-foot-long structure cost 600 million yuan—almost $100 million. The Baidu board member "made it so" after receiving permission from CBS, which owns rights to the TV show.
"That was their first time dealing with issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke," said the company in an email.
"They realized somebody in China actually did want to work out a building modeled on the USS Enterprise only after we sent the relevant legal documents," said the company. It didn't disclose financial details.
"We have always held a negative attitude toward piracy," said the company. CBS didn't respond to requests for comment over the weekend.
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Construction, in Fujian province, began in October 2010 and took until 2014.
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