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  • Apple Fined $118,000 by Chinese Court


    More ebook-related trouble for Apple today. China Daily is confirming that the iDevice maker has been slapped with a $118,000 fine in response to Apple's alleged copyright violations.

    The penalty amount will be used to compensate three Chinese writers at the center of this copyright infringement claim. Apple purportedly made their books for sale online without first obtaining their 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.
    Presiding judge Feng Gang reminded Apple that responsibility falls on the company's shoulders to ensure that they have the necessary clearance and authority to sell the ebooks uploaded by third-party providers.

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

    Source: ZDNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Fined $118,000 by Chinese Court started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Probably paid in cash on the way out of the courtroom
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      I'm surprised that china has copyright laws at all.
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      "Feng Gang" LMAO!!!!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Probably paid in cash on the way out of the courtroom
      +1
    1. GrumpySod's Avatar
      GrumpySod -
      Would have been cheaper to buy the judge lol
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Probably paid in cash on the way out of the courtroom
      :-)
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      How about Apple suing all the Chinese companies that sell knock off iPhones?
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      I'm surprised that china has copyright laws at all.
      They're allowed to infringe on the copyright of foreign companies but not vise verse ;P
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StuG III View Post
      They're allowed to infringe on the copyright of foreign companies but not vise verse ;P
      it is ok for China to copy and sell all kinds on knock off crap on the Internet but turn around and bust a hard working company's balls with this BS.
    1. krusher's Avatar
      krusher -
      There is a reason why China n copy both starts with C.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      I'm surprised that china has copyright laws at all.
      lol....the best comment I've read today on modmyi.