Apple got caught infringing copyright again. Whether it’s GNU Go, GCC, or distributing VideoLAN Client in ways they deny themselves, Apple (or in the case of GCC, NeXT later owned by Apple) has quite a history of commercial copyright infringement.
China Daily reports that Apple has lost a copyright infringement case in China and told to pay $118,000 for commercially distributing copies of books in their store without permission from the copyright holders.
Judge Feng Gang said Apple should take responsibility since, as a big online downloading platform, it has the duty of checking whether books uploaded by third parties are in line with current laws.
“The writers involved this time include Mai Jia, whose books are often on best-seller lists across the country,” he said. “In this way, Apple has the capability to know the uploaded books on its online store violated the writer’s copyright.”
If you needed a complete list of reasons why you shouldn’t do business with Apple, look no further.