Chinese Court Orders Apple To Pay Writers In Copyright Dispute


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.

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