Imagine you’re an author and you find out that someone has been selling your books on the App Store without your consent — and, worse, you don’t see a dime of the profits. That’s what happened to a group of eight writers in China, and a court there has decided that Apple owes them compensation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

While the copyright-infringing apps weren’t actually sold by Apple, the court found that the company was responsible for allowing them onto the store in the first place. As a result, the company must pay a total of 1.03 million Chinese yuan (about US$165,000) to the writers. When the suit was first filed back in February of this year the plaintifs had requested 23 million yuan ($3.65 million) in damages.

The judgment in this case was handed down by the same court that ordered Apple to pay 530,000 yuan ($84,990) to a publisher in September after unlicensed versions of its encyclopedias appeared on the App Store.

[Via Cult of Mac]

Apple ordered to pay settlement in Chinese App Store copyright case originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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