US electronics giant Apple has gone on trial in Beijing accused of selling unlicensed electronic version of books by eight Chinese writers via its App Store.
The writers appeared at the snappily-named Beijing Municipal No.2 Intermediate People’s Court to demand compensation totalling 10 million RMB ($1.6 million) from Apple for breaching copyright on 34 of their works, which they say were published through the App Store without their consent.
Apple claims that it pulled the applications from the App Store once it became aware of the allegations, and appealed for the application developers to stand trial instead. The authors allege however that as Apple takes a cut from application sales the company profited from the copyright violation.
In a first-instance trial in September, a court ordered Apple to pay 520,000 RMB in compensation for losses incurred by the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House for copyright infringements.