This is not the first time that Apple Inc has had copyright headaches in China
First published in The Indian Fusion
Written by Arjun Sharma
A group of eight authors who call themselves China Written Works Copyright Society had earlier this year filed a lawsuit claiming that certain apps that were hosted in the App Store were selling pirated e Books. The group was seeking 10 million Yuan in damages but in the court hearing, Apple has been asked to pay only 1 million yuan (which is equivalent to $160,400). Legal representatives of the writers had claimed that software available from Apple’s iTunes app store contained unlicensed digital copies of their books.
The ruling comes from the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court. Apple Inc will be paying the said amount to the eight authors and two companies. The spokesman of the authors group Bei Zhicheng has explicitly expressed disappointment at the judgement. The amount which Apple will have to pay is almost nothing for the technology giant that daily deals in billions of dollars. According to Bei, the judgement will only encourage more copyright violations and piracy.
This is not the first time that Apple Inc has had copyright headaches in China. This September they had to shell out 520,000 yuan to a Chinese encyclopedia publisher for alleged copyright infringements.
Earlier in July, Apple had to pay 60 million Yuan to Proview Technology , a Chinese firm to settle a long running legal dispute over the iPad trademark in China.
Though in this case the penalty amount is negligible, but it definitely opens up doors for others to closely watch for piracy and copyright infringement mistakes by Apple.
China is a big market for Apple at present with sales of $5.7 billion for the fiscal quarter through September that accounts for nearly 16% of the company’s global total. Apple said its employees in a written statement, “take copyright infringement complaints very seriously“. The immediate action that needs to be taken by the company needs to be corrective as well as preventive.
Courtesy The Indian Fusion
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