Imagine you're an author and you find out that someone has been selling your books on the App Store without your consent -- and, worse, you don't see a dime of the profits. That's what happened to a group of eight writers in China, and a court there has decided that Apple owes them compensation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
While the copyright-infringing apps weren't actually sold by Apple, the court found that the company was responsible for allowing them onto the store in the first place. As a result, the company must pay a total of 1.03 million Chinese yuan (about US$165,000) to the writers. When the suit was first filed back in February of this year the plaintifs had requested 23 million yuan ($3.65 million) in damages.
The judgment in this case was handed down by the same court that ordered Apple to pay 530,000 yuan ($84,990) to a publisher in September after unlicensed versions of its encyclopedias appeared on the App Store.
[Via Cult of Mac]
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
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