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Chinese court orders Apple to pay $165,000 for a copyright violation

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Chinese court orders Apple to pay $165,000 for a copyright violation
A Chinese court has ordered Apple to pay 1.03 million Yuan ($165,000 USD) for a copyright violation. Beijing's Second Intermediate People's Court found the Cupertino based tech giant liable of the sale of apps that were composed of the unlicensed work of eight local writers, which were made available in the Apple App Store. The fines will be shared among the writers and two companies that were involved.

In September, the court ruled that Apple illegally sold digital copies of this encyclopedia

In September, the court ruled that Apple illegally sold digital copies of this encyclopedia

While Apple was ordered to pay 1.03 million Yuan, the court decision will probably go into the books as a victory for Apple. The China Written Works Copyright Society and the 8 writers revised their complaint in February to ask for 23 million Yuan or  $3.65 million USD. That was almost double the 11.9 million Yuan ($1.89 million USD) that was asked for in the original filing. While Apple was hit with the fine, it was not responsible for developing or submitting the apps that used the unlicensed material.

The China Written Works Copyright Society alleges that Apple was slow to remove the apps and the tech giant purportedly told the group to contact the developers behind the apps if they had a problem with them. This is not the first time that Apple found itself in a bit of hot water from this particular court. In September, the court ordered Apple to pay 520,000 Yuan ($82,600 USD) for the unauthorized sale of digital copies of a Chinese language encyclopedia.

An Apple spokesman said about the latest ruling that its employees "take copyright infringement complaints very seriously" and added that Apple is "always updating our service to better assist content owners in protecting their rights."

source: WSJ

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posted on 27 Dec 2012, 18:31 7

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


So who is thief now?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 19:45 6

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


"Great thieves never get caught" so that answers your question :D

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:18 3

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


According to Chinese court they just have caught one. :D

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 21:25 1

13. JunitoNH (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Please chinese just trying to exploit and extort money from Apple. What the heck would Apple want from them, besides the cheap labor.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 21:32 3

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Have you read article?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 21:48

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 3001; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple is guilty alright apple took a cut of 30% from the gang of thieves. A major stake holder in their gang operation.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:02 2

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


But if they are caught then they are not Great :)

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:22

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And if they are not great then they are just a thieves? :)

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 21:47 2

16. blazee (Posts: 283; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


165k is spare change for apple

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 17:56 1

28. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


its pocket change for the Woz

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:39 2

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3639; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's a simple misunderstanding.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:49 1

23. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeah, a simple misunderstanding like we don't understand your name.
You sound like Jobs!!
That's what's wrong with you hard core Apple fans! You don't even want to acknowledge the fault Apple made even if it's right in front of your eyes... Be a fan if you want to, but know that the company you support can be at fault too.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 18:37 14

2. phil2n (Posts: 473; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


How I wish is that apple will pay something like this Weekly

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 08:15

29. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you crazy hard core android fanboy even tho your os was made by apple and google and all the fanboy s**t is to make money like biggie and tupac

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 18:49 4

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


""always updating our service to better assist content owners in protecting their rights.""

When in reality I read: always updating our service terms to better pass the blame onto anyone and everyone else

You can try to disprove me all you want, but its pretty damn clear: ""the tech giant purportedly told the group to contact the developers behind the apps if they had a problem with them""...

SOUNDS LIKE A BIG-FAT NOT-ME GHOST!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:06

30. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


its not its the person who put it in to the appstore google would say the same thing you fanboy android communist

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 18:56 9

4. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


iCopy

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 19:05 5

5. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


iNfringe

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:39

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3639; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iNstigator

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:38

20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3639; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iUnoriginal

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:40

24. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


iN denial

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:29

25. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


iNdeed apple rocks

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 19:29 8

6. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


While I certainly enjoy seeing apple getting what it deserves, $165k is pocket change to them.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:12

8. cripton805 (Posts: 942; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


This fine is like giving a 36 year old man a five second time out while watching his favorite TV show.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:18

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:15 5

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6575; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


THEY SHOULD OF PUT 1 billion usd for that also

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 20:18 2

11. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Slap on the wrist, but apples not above the law

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 21:26

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


What the heck are you trying to say? Are you Chinese?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 12:07

26. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


LOL...apple

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 15:50

27. letsb4real25 (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Pot calling the kettle black

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