Apple faces $118K fine in China for copyright breach

A Beijing court has ordered Apple to compensate three Chinese writers for selling their works via its app store without getting their permission.

Kevin Kwang Special to CNET News

Apple will have to compensate three Chinese writers for infringing their copyright rights when it sold their books online without first seeking permission.

A China Daily report stated the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled in favor of the authors, and Apple will have to pay them in excess of 730,000 yuan (US$118,000) for the infringement. Apple had not gotten permission before selling their books on the Apple App Store, it noted.

The presiding judge, Feng Gang, said Apple has the duty of checking whether the books uploaded by third-party providers are in line with current laws.

These cases were the second batch of lawsuits filed against Apple by the Writers' Right Protection Union, which is an organization safeguarding local writers' online copyright, it added.

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