Apple has appealed against a court ruling after the U.S. electronics giant was ordered to pay 520,000 yuan (82,670 U.S. dollars) in compensation to the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House for an app that contained pirated material. The company argues that it wasn’t directly responsible for the violations, since they had no involvement in the development of the third-party apps.
Of course, $82K is just a pittance of Apple’s cash. But more importantly, this ruling would set precedent and brings more intellectual property troubles to Apple in China. Reportedly, Apple will use the same reasoning of as being merely a “store operator” in the appeal. The publishing house remains confident for the appellant trial.
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