Apple ordered to pay $1.9 million to Chinese publisher over copyright case

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A Chinese publishing group has won a $1.9 million case against Apple for how the company fails to stop other publishers selling copyright content in the App Store.

The Tianjin Binhai People's Court has sided with a local subsidary of China's COL Digital Publishing Group in a case against Apple and the App Store. The online publisher claims that multiple rivals had released apps which included material, such as popular novels, whose rights belong to COL Digital.

According to the South China Morning Post, COL Digital claims that Apple should be responsible for the copyright infringement of these other apps. It accused Apple of failing to conduct due diligence.

Reportedly, the publisher has been embroiled in a total of four legal battles with Apple since 2012. While this latest ruling sees Apple ordered to pay 12 million yuan ($1.9 million), it appears to be only one part of an ongoing case.

South China Morning Post says that COL Digital's full lawsuit centers on 83 separate incidents of copyright infringement, and involves 460 cases of intellectual properties.