BEIJING – Even Apple, which is so adamant about protecting its patents and copyrights, gets once in a while caught on the shady side of copyright laws.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 29 2012 High Tech
Such is the case in China where the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court ruled on Thursday that the Cupertino based company violated the copyrights of 8 Chinese writers and 2 companies by allowing applications containing the authors’ works to be distributed on its App Store unlicensed.
The court ordered Apple to pay the writers $US161,780, which was far less than the $US2 million sought by the writers.
Carolyn Wu, Apple’s spokeswoman, said that Apple “take copyright infringement complaints very seriously”. She did not say if Apple will appeal the court’s decision.
Apple’s agreement with application developers requires them to confirm they have obtained rights to material distributed through the company’s App Store.
Unlicensed copying of books, music, software and other products is widespread in China despite repeated government promises to stamp out violations.
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