原文标题：Apple fined over $165,000 for copyright violation in China
BEIJING: Technology major Apple Inc has been fined $165,908 by a court here for allegedly selling unlicensed electronic versions of books online.
The Beijing No.2 intermediate people's court ordered Apple to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan ($165,908) to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.
The plaintiffs said they spotted applications containing unlicensed electronic versions of their books available for download last year, adding that the books were downloaded in great quantity, resulting in large economic losses for their authors, Xinhua quoted the lawyer as saying.
The court concluded that Apple violated the plaintiffs' "right of communication through information networks", an element of China's copyright law, by providing apps that contained unlicensed electronic versions of the books.
The company also failed to carry out its duties regarding the care of apps it provides online, the Court said.
Earlier this year Apple settled 'iPad' trademark dispute in China by paying $60 million to Proview Technology (Shenzhen).
Antonio Barbosa (Goa)
This amount is nothing for apple but reputation is at stake.
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Vin Chopra (New Jersey) replies to Antonio Barbosa
If reputation mattered Samsung would've been out of business for a long time.
Sid (IND) replies to Vin Chopra
Its only the biased US courts which have decided in favour of apple. All over the world the ruling has gone in favour of samsung. Also samsung has not copied anything from apple. People sittingi n their cocoons in the states should not loose contact with reality
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Vin Chopra replies to Sid
Well maybe you need to come out of your cave and denial and acknowledge that it's not just the US courts, but EU is also realizing the level of plagiarism that has been committed by Samsung.
Since when China started to respect copyright and patents?
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VoxPop (Peaceful World) replies to Zafar
It was violation against Chinese writers.
Bartho Regis (Delhi)
It is a news to me that copyright violation is a crime in China!
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Not good for such a reputed organization.......
APPLE sued Samsung recently; now APPLE being sued !!!! Great !! THEFT IS A THEFT.....
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not good news for Apple
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Susnatha Nath (Silchar)
Apple has become famous of paying fines after repeated violations, either for patents or for copyrights !
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Sathian Thazhathidath (Dubai)
That is a pea nut for 359 billion USD company
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Not much of a fine thou but it's confirmed... that china doesn't like Apple!
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kodali (Andhra Pradedsh)
which apple? the red or pink
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Razor Sharp (India)
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The News Reader (india)
chinese want to have a bite of the apple
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Apple should choose India for their production
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Joke of the year 2012
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Loki Juhy (India)
What a joke! China, the biggest thieve of copyrights and patented products has fined a foreign company for copyrights violation. You can get all kind of duplicate Chinese products. They copy everything.
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Manish Bhardwaj (USA)
US companies should leave China and should move to India.
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Nicole (Australia) replies to Manish Bhardwaj
To Manish Bhardwaj - US companies are pursuing self-interests in China, not out of love or pity for China. In this regard, China is the obvious choice, not India. One day, perhaps? India must work for it, not wait for manna to drop from heaven.
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MohiTiwari (your heart)
bravo china....apple smartly try to trap other companies but here apple itself get trapped.....and shame for late steve....may his soul rip...
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Dr K (Canada)
Comical... China penalizing a US company for copyright violation... Ha!!
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Hemant Sane (Mumbai)
Chinese are biggest copy cats, how dare they act against Apple ?
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