Apple fined nearly 2 million USD for copyright issues

ChinaApple was ordered to pay 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) to an online publisher for its involvement in piracy.

According to a ruling by the Tianjin Municipal Court this week, Apple will have to pay the above amount to COL digital corporation, for allowing some unnamed applications on the App Store to publish works owned by this unit. copyright to your online store.

Outside an Apple Store in Beijing.  Photo: AFP

Outside an Apple Store in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Follow China Securities Journal, most of the illegally published works, including popular novels, are now exclusively published by COL. The judge found that Apple did not do due diligence to prevent copyright infringement.

The legal battle between Apple and COL has been going on for nearly a decade. Since 2012, there have been at least four major lawsuits between the two parties, mainly digital work copyright claims.

In addition to the above lawsuit, COL is filing a series of complaints related to 83 other issues. The Chinese company asked Apple to pay a total of 70 million yuan ($11 million).

Earlier this year, Apple had to pay 368,000 yuan ($57,500) to COL, also citing online piracy. In April, the airline appealed but failed.

Apple declined to comment, while a lawyer for COL confirmed the court’s decision, but did not elaborate.

Apple has long been evaluated for success with the “walled garden” model of the App Store globally, excluding China. You Yunting, an expert at law firm Shanghai Debund, said that Apple’s management of the App Store in China does not meet the requirements of copyright law in the country.

“Chinese courts set quite high standards on online platforms. That means companies cannot waive responsibility when violations occur on their platforms,” ​​Yunting commented.

In fact, app stores in China, managed by leading Chinese companies such as Baidu, Tencent, Qihoo or Alibaba, have always been subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. Meanwhile, the App Store is less regulated due to being a cross-border software supplier.

Nhu Phuc (follow SCMP)

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