Another Legal Battle for Apple in China

20 Mar

In a reversal of the usual pattern of U.S. companies going after Chinese copycats, a group of prominent Chinese writers sued Apple Inc. alleging the company sold unlicensed versions of their books through the iTunes online store.  Three separate lawsuits were filed in Beijing alleging Apple sold 59 book titles through the online store unlicensed.  The three lawsuits are demanding millions in compensation from Apple and additional lawsuits are waiting to be filed.

According to Wang Guohua, a Beijing lawyer representing the writers, Apple deleted some of the works made available via the Apple Store after the suits were filed in January.  The works later reappeared after being uploaded again by developers who sell apps through the store.

“Some developers, with whom Apple has contracts, put them back online again.  It is encouragement in disguise, because they did not punish the developers.  The developers could have been kicked out.  But nothing happened to them,” said Wang.

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