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Chinese Writers Sue Apple for Copyright Violation
China Daily Europe ^ | 1/10/2012 | China Daily Europe

Posted on 01/10/2012 3:23:41 PM PST by Dallas59

BEIJING - Nine Chinese writers sued Apple Inc for violating copyright and demanded compensation totaling 12 million yuan ($1.9 million).

The move was the latest attempt by writers to protect their rights online as more readers turned to e-books, lawyers said.

Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court has accepted the lawsuit jointly filed by Chinese writers like Han Han, Li Chengpeng and He Ma, an official at the court said on Monday.

"The court is examining documents and materials provided by those writers, as each of them has his or her compensation requests," court official Li Zhitao said, adding the first trial may open after the Spring Festival, which falls on Jan 23.

The writers, claiming Apple allows its users to download pirated books through its platform App Store, are determined to fight for their rights, says Bei Zhicheng, an executive of Writers' Union, an organization established in July 2011 to safeguard Chinese writers

(Excerpt) Read more at europe.chinadaily.com.cn ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: china; copyright

1 posted on 01/10/2012 3:23:47 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Oh boy, does that mean the Chinese will now monetarily accountable for their copyright violations/IP theft?

That would be something.

Is even 1 copy out of 10 of any software/CD/DVD in China rightfully paid for? I’d bet not.


2 posted on 01/10/2012 3:35:07 PM PST by DB
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To: Dallas59

In the land where Intellectual Property rights are routinely ignored and defrauded? Well I guess this is a foot in the door. I just hope it’s reciprocal.


3 posted on 01/10/2012 3:54:15 PM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Dallas59

The Chinese suing someone else for copyright violations? Sounds like a set up line for a Henai Yong Mon punch line.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 4:10:36 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: DB
Is even 1 copy out of 10 of any software/CD/DVD in China rightfully paid for? I’d bet not.

What does that matter? You have a lot of FReepers who don't think people should have to pay for the stuff they download, either.

5 posted on 01/10/2012 4:19:58 PM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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6 posted on 01/10/2012 5:30:31 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: DB

Payback is a b*tch! I couldn’t stop laughing about this one. After years of blatently ripping off Apple. The Chinese have counterfeited thousands of clones of Apple goods, that copy Apple’s ROM code including the embedded Apple copyright notices. Even copy their stores. Just a small sampling of copying which doesn’t include movie DVDs, song CDs and just about every other American product. Now they are copying our complaints!


7 posted on 01/10/2012 9:52:04 PM PST by roadcat
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