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Chinese writers attack Apple over copyright infringement

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Chinese writers attack Apple over copyright infringement
In an ironic twist of legal events, after Apple sued various companies over patent infringement, Cupertino is now sued by Chinese writers exactly over copyright infringement. A consortium of Chinese writers said they’ve filed a 12-million-yuan ($1.9 million) lawsuit. The well-known Chinese writers and bloggers were outraged about their works being pirated and appearing on the Apple App Store.

They have united in the China Written Works Copyright Society and argue that Apple has illegally published 37 of their works. Apple is charged with not protecting the unauthorized sale.

“Total theft,” representative of the writers’ society Bei Zhicheng commented. Apple is accused of illegally benefitting as well as its getting a 30% cut of the revenue. "The download number of one best-selling book is as much as one million, which creates about one billion dollars in losses for each writer," Zhicheng said.

The writers were infuriated and one of them commented that Apple is “stealing money from our pockets.”

Previously, in August last year, writer Zhu Jintai set a precedent by becoming the first Chinese person to sue Apple. He did manage to get his work removed from the App Store. In September, another huge 6.5-million lawsuit was filed against Apple over copyright infringement on 23 books. 

source: Caixin via mocoNews

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 06:48 7

1. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)

wow! and to think that they are also accusing others of stealing their ideas.. not that i;m aganst apple, but before you try to wipe out the mud in your brother's face, make sure you have taken out the log out of your face..

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 06:49 3

3. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

U got me laughing. LOL

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 06:48 8

2. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Aish! Apple! This always makes me lough when I look at the back of my iPhone: "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in Chine" to keep it simple "Made in China"

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 07:48

6. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Not sure whether they are assembled in China or not. But my friend says Apple iphones & ipads are assembled in Foxconn India plant

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 08:34 6

10. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

They are not. They are made in Chenzen (spelling) China. The WORST foxconn plant around.. even by foxconn and Chinese standards. Thats the way apple wants it though, as no matter what apple fanboys tell you, apple retains direct control/heavy influence in their supply chain.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:11 4

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

anything to maximize their rediculous profit margin

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 10:19 5

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

apples always been about cheap labour.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 06:59

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Wait a second...so Apple isn't the one that copied their work. Some app developer took their idea and put it into the App Store. Shouldn't they be suing the app creator and not owner of the store? That would be like Samsung suing Best Buy because they sell the iPad instead of just suing Apple themselves...unless I'm missing something.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:44

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

thats what i was thinking… everybody just attacks apple instead of the person who actually copyrighted.. apple will im sure defend the app but still

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 07:13 4

5. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)

@JeffdaBeat, I don't think they are app developers.. they are writers and the books that they write are being sold in the AppStore.. because if it is just their "software" idea, then they have no right at all.. I mean, unless the "copiers" used their codes on their own software.. so that devoids the comment I made a while ago.. Apple did not copy ideas the Chineses' ideas, they stole the exact product and sold it without the author's consent or whatever..

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 08:22 6

7. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

bout time. apple is a dirty dirty company.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:44

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

how? what exactly have they done over any other comparable tech company?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 08:26 7

8. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Apple is truely a rotten fruit and its about time they are finally getting their comeuppance,they say what goes around comes around. Only bad thing as phonearena has reported is that around 31 million people have recently bought iphones so these programmed people are just funding future apple legal madness

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 08:28 2

9. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

rotten apple

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 09:33 1

11. rishibawa (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)

Before people start rejoicing and clapping in Apple getting theirs get a better idea of what's going on.

I read the source article on MocoNews and apparently Google and Baidu had to deal with something similar. They were hosting content by 3rd party developers that didn't obtain the proper rights to post. I would think (unless the law in China dictates otherwise) that the Developers (Infringers in this case) should be held responsible before the content hosters. Should Apple etc. comply with requests to remove material, absolutely; but with the volume of apps on the app store it's VERY hard to monitor what content is being hosted that has proper permissions vs. what isn't.

Copyright holders should make sure to work with whoever is hosting their content to set up a system where there is accountability and open communication to ensure work isn't being posted and profited from without the spoils going to the author and copyright holder. Discovery of infringement should be on THEM not the hosting service, they have the burden of proving what has been stolen by who. This happens all the time with Youtube, ISP's as well so don't be so quick to pull out the Eff-Evil-Apple card have some common sense.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:03 3

14. Shangri-La (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)

"Chinese writers **ATTACK** Apple "?? They're protecting themselves from Apple's theft!

Be more biased.

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