Shanghai Animation Film Studio, China’s first and official animation factory, sued Apple for hosting applications containing unlicensed versions of their works on its App Store that were available for download, demanding a total compensation of 3.3 million yuan (around $530,000 USD) from Apple for violating the copyrights of their 110 works.
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.
Since the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini still haven’t launch in China yet, there’s no scalpers waiting outside of the Shenzhen Apple Store Grand Opening. Despite, it still attracted over thousands of people lining up…just for the celebration. Only few hundreds of people in the queue were real Apple fans. The rest of them lined up because they thought there were something special giving out for free, while some were just enjoying the celebration’s atmosphere. We have made a video of this Grand Opening. Check it out after the break.
Apple’s major supplier Foxconn has been publicly criticized over concerns about its dismal labour practices. The latest scandal pointed out Foxconn has harshly notified an ex-worker, who had half of his brain surgically removed after a factory accident a year ago, to get out of the current hospital in Shenzhen city. This is the most recent case that throws a harsh new spotlight on labor rights in China. Full story after the break.
Apple has lost a lawsuit against Encyclopedia of China Publishing House over unauthorized digital copies of its encyclopedia were sold on the Apple’s App Store. Similar case happened last week, which Baidu lost a lawsuit against a Chinese writer and paid a Chinese writer nearly 100,000 yuan as the court ruled Baidu has failed to prevent pirated copies circulated through its Library service.
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Last Friday, Apple’s patent lawsuit win over Samsung garnered lots of tech enthusiasts’ attention as Samsung has to pay more than $1 billion in damages for infringing on six Apple patents, and this is probably one of the biggest patent lawsuits in history. We guess you would love to watch the huge smartphone patent infringement case getting illustrated in wacky animation after the break.
Chinese internet company Cubic Network (L99.com) is considering to sue
sued Facebook and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for stealing the idea of “Timeline” after they were reminded by some U.S. law firms. The founder of Cubic Network, Xiong Wanli, claimed he had held a talk at Standford University about the “Timeline” feature previously, and at that time, Mark Zuckerberg was one of the audiences. Did Zuckerberg steal someone’s idea?
A Tawinese man recently filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly infringing his technology patent that he claimed is used on Apple’s FaceTime. The Intermediate People’s Court in Zhenjiang has confirmed that they had accepted the case on July 31, and they had already notified Apple, but Apple has yet to response.
Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in a U.S. court over Siri voice assistant, suggesting Siri has infringed two of the school’s U.S. patents. The school is also considering to take legal action against Google and Microsoft over smartphone voice recognition systems as well, saying Apple is just an “early step”. It would be startling moment if Apple, Microsoft and Google get sued simultaneously.
Microsoft China announced on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against nine computer resellers in seven cities in China, accusing dealers of installing pirated Windows software in various computers produced by Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer. The initiative came after the company confirmed to launch Windows 8 by the end of October. In 2006, all computer manufactures in China were ordered to install official software before being sold to users. In recent year, Microsoft has sued several computer dealers and reached settlement with these companies to alarm the privacy issue in China.
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