Apple Hit with Copyright Fine in China

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Apple's Chinese subsidiary has been fined RMB1.03 million (US$166 000) by a Beijing court after it was found guilty of selling unlicensed electronic versions of books online.

The Beijing Court ordered Apple to pay the compensation to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.

The plaintiffs told the court that they had found mobile apps containing unlicensed electronic versions of their books available for download last year. It was claimed that the apps were popular, leading to a significant loss of expected revenue for the authors.

The court concluded that Apple violated their "right of communication through information networks," an element of China's Copyright Law, by providing apps that contained unlicensed electronic versions of the books.

The company also failed to carry out its duties regarding the care of apps it provides online, the court said.

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