Apple Forced To Pay Chinese Writers Small Settlement In eBook Copyright Dispute [Report]



Apple has been having problems with Chinese writers suing for unlicensed eBook distribution in the App Store. After a group of writers asked Apple for 10 million yuan in damages for unlawfully distributing copyrighted works in certain Chinese apps, the court has forced Apple to pay a smaller settlement fee of 1.03 million yuan, which is only about $165,000.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said Thursday that the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court ordered Apple to pay the money to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.

This isn’t the first time Apple has faced a similar lawsuit in China. In September, Apple was ordered to pay 520,000 yuan to a Chinese encyclopedia publisher for distributing copyrighted work in the App Store without proper licensing.

It’s not that Apple itself is distributing this eBook material illegally, but publishers in the App Store were getting by with including the copyrighted content in their apps. Since Apple is the gatekeeper of the App Store, the Chinese court is making Apple pay.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Atienne

    China suing for copyright infringement. Thats a laugh.

  • technochick

    China suing for copyright infringement. Thats a laugh.

    Chinese creatives have every moral right to their work, same as us.

    And with the courts protecting their rights it gives companies more ammo to force them to do they same when the Chinese violate other folks rights. After all, the courts recognize the importance of IP rights.

    Course a big point in this is that Foxconn etc now have factories, and many of them, outside of China so companies like Apple can more easily pull production jobs out.