China court fines Apple $118K for copyright breach

China court fines Apple $118K for copyright breach

Summary: A Beijing court has ordered Apple to compensate three Chinese writers for selling their works via its app store without getting their permission.

TOPICS: Legal, Apple, China

Apple will have to compensate three Chinese writers for infringing their copyright rights when it sold their books online without first seeking permission.

A China Daily report Wednesday stated the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled in favor of the authors, and Apple will have to pay them in excess of 730,000 yuan (US$118,000) for the infringement. Apple had not gotten permission before selling their books on the Apple App Store, it noted.

The presiding judge, Feng Gang, said Apple has the duty of checking whether the books uploaded by third-party providers are in line with current laws.

He said: "The writers involved this time include Mai Jia, whose books are often on bestseller lists across the country. In this way, Apple has the capability to know the uploaded books on its online store violated the writers' copyright."

Feng also warned other tech companies with similar online stores should learn from this case and improve their verification systems to avoid similar disputes.

These cases were the second batch of lawsuits filed against Apple by the Writers' Right Protection Union, which is an organization safeguarding local writers' online copyright, it added.

Wang Guohua, the lawyer representing the writers told China Daily he was satisfied with the results and the compensation ruling was higher than in most copyright infringement cases. Apple's lawyer declined to comment, according to China Daily.

Topics: Legal, Apple, China

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    The following is a 'Thornton Mellon' business analysis from the movie, Back to School.

    First of all you're going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there's the kickbacks to the carpenters, and if you plan on using any cement in this building I'm sure the teamsters would like to have a little chat with ya, and that'll cost ya. Oh and don't forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there's long term costs such as waste disposal. I don't know if you're familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it's not the boyscouts.

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  • This is a hoot

    To quote Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now, "This is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500."
    Otto Schlosser
  • Oh, man...

    This fine is going to murder Apple's Q2 profits.
  • Huh?

    The Chinese have copyright stuff? Who would of thought. Oh ya, it's against Apple. Enough said.