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

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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30 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So who is thief now?

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Have you read article?

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

16. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

165k is spare change for apple

28. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

its pocket change for the Woz

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's a simple misunderstanding.

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

2. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

29. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 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

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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!

30. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

4. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

iCopy

5. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

iNfringe

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iNstigator

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iUnoriginal

24. tedkord

Posts: 17036; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

iN denial

25. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

iNdeed apple rocks

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

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

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What?

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

THEY SHOULD OF PUT 1 billion usd for that also

11. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Slap on the wrist, but apples not above the law

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

26. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

LOL...apple

27. letsb4real25

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Pot calling the kettle black

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