Apple Fined $165,000 in Chinese Copywrite Dispute

Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:54pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8256 views

Apple has been fined 1.03 million yuan or about $165,000 for allowing apps on the App Store to sell unlicensed copies of eBooks from a group of eight Chinese authors.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said Thursday that the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ordered Apple to pay the money to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.

"We are disappointed at the judgment. Some of our best-selling authors only got 7,000 yuan. The judgment is a signal of encouraging piracy," Bei Zhicheng, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters.

Apple said it takes copyright infringement complaints "very seriously".

"We're always updating our service to better assist content owners in protecting their rights," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said.

This isn't the first time Apple has been forced to pay for copywrite infringement claims. The same court ordered Apple to pay 520,000 yuan to a Chinese encyclopedia publisher in September.

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JEWISH LADY - December 30, 2012 at 9:26pm
NOGOODDICK. Not one of ur comments are worth any thing so stay quiet
NoGoodNick - December 31, 2012 at 1:13am
JEWISH LADY LIKES BIG BLACK COCK
NoGoodNick - December 30, 2012 at 2:49am
Let's see how much of that fine will actually go to the authors. And China wouldn't fight for the same copyright claims for any authors currently out of government favor--which is most of them.
toby - December 29, 2012 at 12:23am
Copywrite, copyright? Apple users are too slow to know or care about it.
H@ - December 28, 2012 at 11:29pm
What exactly is "copywrite"?
Chris - December 28, 2012 at 10:47pm
What a load of crap. Learn to spell.
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