A Chinese court has fined Apple Inc 1 million yuan for hosting
third-party applications on its App Store that were selling pirated
electronic books, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
is to pay compensation to eight Chinese writers and two companies for
violating their copyrights, the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court
ruled on Thursday, Xinhua said.
Earlier in the year, a group of
Chinese authors filed the suit against Apple, saying an unidentified
number of apps on its App Store sold unlicensed copies of their books.
The group of eight authors was seeking 10 million yuan in damages.
are disappointed at the judgment. Some of our best-selling authors only
got 7,000 yuan. The judgment is a signal of encouraging piracy," Bei
Zhicheng, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters.
Apple said in a statement that it takes copyright infringement complaints "very seriously".
always updating our service to better assist content owners in
protecting their rights," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said.
has the world's largest Internet and mobile market by number of users,
but piracy costs software companies billions of dollars each year.
whose products enjoy great popularity in China, has faced a string of
legal headaches this year. In July, Apple paid 60 million yuan to a
Chinese firm, Proview Technology, to settle a long-running lawsuit over
the iPad trademark in China.
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