Chinese Court Orders Apple To Pay Writers In Copyright Dispute

scales

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Chinese court has ordered Apple to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000 to a group of Chinese writers for selling unlicensed copies of their books in the App Store.

Wall Street Journal reports:

A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media.

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.

The writers’ group had sued Apple for 10 million yuan in damages. Apple is not selling the unlicensed copies of the books, that are being sold as apps in the App Store, but it is liable for damages as the gatekeeper of the App Store.

In a written statement, Apple said its employees “take copyright infringement complaints very seriously” and said it was receptive to the input it has received from writers’ groups.

The company added, “we’re always updating our service to better assist content owners in protecting their rights.”

The report notes that Apple was also ordered to pay 520,000 yuan to a Chinese encyclopedia publisher for a similar issue back in September.

It remains to be seen what steps the company plans to take to prevent getting sued by writers and publisher in China.

Via: WSJ, Scales of Justice by mikecogh from Flickr.

  • Wizzy1507

    well since the Chinese gov will close and/or monitor all the internet services it should be easy to get the money back from the ISP’s in China who are and /or will be held accountable (according to the news) for all outgoing (from China to the civilisation) bits and bytes

  • bcsc

    It’s amazing the way Apple whines and sues everyone for coping, and yet are constantly in the news for infringing this, or stealing that.

    • RandomGamer342

      It’s amazing how many people go on apple sites just to troll the ~apple sheep~~~

      If you read the article you’d see that it wasn’t apple that did anything, it was an app developer(which, for some reason, wasn’t the one getting sued)

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    there aren’t many elements to make a proper evaluation of this events in fact, it is not even stated how apple got hold of copies of their books In addition, as a multinational company, is it not Apple China liable for eventually adding books to the chinese app store? they must have a legal affairs office in china within Apple China subsidiary and advising content managers on how to obtain copyright authorizations to hold books and documents in their store. it sounds again like some rumors to gain free media coverage on major newspapers (financial times, wall street journal etc. ) a whole large amount of lies to stay in the media and get attention. what is the impact on the stock exchange? What is Apple planning to do ? Getting rid of some directors or board members which are currently monitoring and keeping eyes open on what accountants and sales are actually doing ? it all sounds, appear like a story we have already heard of, Parmalat bankruptcy and fraud. take care, marc