Customers at an Apple Store in Hong Kong. (Photo/Xinhua)
Apple went on trial on Thursday in Beijing for allegedly selling unlicensed electronic versions of books by eight Chinese writers via its App Store.
The writers demanded total compensation of 10 million yuan (US$1.6 million) from the US electronics giant for violating copyright on 34 of their works, the Beijing Municipal No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said.
The writers saw applications involving unlicensed electronic versions of their books available for download at the Apple App Store last year, their lawyer said.
The books were heavily downloaded, causing huge economic losses to their authors while bringing profits to Apple as well as the application developers, according to the lawyer.
Apple representations said the company was not the proper defendant and appealed for the application developers to stand trial instead. In addition, it claimed, there had been no violations after it pulled the applications in question from the App Store, and therefore should no longer need to pay compensation.
The hearing lasted a whole day and the verdict is to be announced at a later date.
Earlier in the first-instance trial on Sept. 27, the court ordered Apple to pay 520,000 yuan (US$83,000)in compensation for economic losses incurred by the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House for copyright infringements.