Xiaomi has been seen as China’s answer to Apple, and its latest released Xiaomi Box is notorious for being an Apple TV knockoff with a very cheap price tag. As expected, the Xiaomi Box is reportedly suffering from government investigation, which might led to the launch delayed. Rumor circulated that Xiaomi Box did not have the license to provide content over its set top box.
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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Apple is currently facing a lawsuit in a Beijing court after officials accepted a case filed from nine well-known Chinese writers, as the writers found unauthorized versions of their works have been submitted to the App Store and that the company is directly profiting from sales of illegal downloads of the books.
Like what we reported a couple of days ago, it is an unlicensed Angry Bird arcade booth. Shouldn’t it suppose to get sued by Rovio? Well, maybe not for this time. Miracle happened. Rovio is having a negotiation with the theme park for partnership instead of getting their lawyers to China.
Beijing’s city government is attempting to crack down on local retailers exploiting Apple’s logo and other branding. Businesses not licensed by Apple are being told to cover up any of the company’s logos, and avoid terms like “Apple authorized reseller” or “Apple direct retailer”. The focused anti-spoofing campaign is expected to last a month. The local government officials remark that the sheer number of unauthorized vendors may be affecting the authorized ones. Authorized seller complains that the unauthorized competitors can offer fake or smuggled Apple products, and will often use much larger Apple logos without Apple’s permission …
Since the majority of Chinese computer users run unauthorized copies of softwares, it’s super-easy to find a store clerk willing to sell unlicensed copies of top-selling softwares in China electronic malls. So, CNN’s Eunice Yoon visits some stores in Beijing, to see how hard it is to find counterfeit software on stores shelves. She even brought along a MacBook Pro to test out the pirated Final Cut Pro. Amazing. Watch the video after the jump. (Sorry iPad users, it’s a flash video.)
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