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Chinese court hits Apple with $165,000 fine in iBookstore copyright dispute

“A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media,” Carlos Tejada reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The state-run Xinhua news agency said Thursday that the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court ordered Apple to pay the money to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights,” Tejada reports. “Attorneys for the writers had argued that software available from Apple’s app store contained unlicensed digital copies of their books.”

Tejada reports, “The group originally asked for 10 million yuan in damages, according to Xinhua.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Damn, nearly an entire second of Apple Inc.’s profits gone, just like that!

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