Chinese writers win infringement case against Apple

The Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court has found Apple liable of copyright infringement involving 8 Chinese writers, awarding them 412,000 yuan (US$ 68,000) inside losses.

Apple was additionally ordered to pay 18,000 yuan about “fair fees of litigation expenses”, based on the courtroom ruling announced Thursday morning. Despite the win, the granted compensation of US$ 68,000 became a far cry within the 11.9 million yuan (US$ 1.9 million) the authors had need for the copyright violation whenever they initially filed suit inside January.

Attorney for the writer’s alliance, Wang Guohua, told Sina News the ruling showed the Chinese courtroom had confirmed Apple’s infringement that excluded liability for the third-parties, however mentioned the amount of compensation was comparatively low.

Apple’s lawyer declined to comment found on the case.

In July 2011, over 20 Chinese famous writers found which their e-books were available about Apple’s App Store without authorization. The group asked the U.S. organization to eliminate these pirated books however Apple refused to take action, suggesting the writers failed to supply enough contents regarding the infringement.