Apple Loses Chinese Ruling Over Apparent Encyclopedia Infringement

Apple has filed an appeal after a Chinese court found that the tech giant is responsible for an app that contained pirated material. The China Publishing House bought the case to the courts after claiming that Apple had infringed copyright protection laws by allowing the sale of an application that contained large sections of ‘Encyclopedia of China’ without the publishing house’s consent.

In September, a Chinese court ordered that Apple would have to pay compensation amounting to 520,000 yuan or around $83,000 to the publishing house.

The case was first reported by the Jinghua Times, which states that Apple asserts that the original judgment was incorrect and that in addition, the financial compensation they have to pay is too high. (It’s not like it’ll put a huge dent in their coffers though!)

Apple has argued that as the store owner and not a developer, it is not responsible for every application that is Apple Chinahosted on its App store. Despite this claim, the court ruled in favor of China Publishing House, which claimed that Apple has caused the publisher both financial damages and loss whereas in complete contrast, the technology company was profiting from the copyright infringement as they allowed the application to be hosted on the App store.

Whilst $83,000 may not sound like a lot to you readers, if Apple loses the appeal it may set a legal precedent which could see a wave of similar court cases being bought against them. In the long run, this could prove a lot more costly than it is currently.

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