Apple is being forced to pay compensation to eight writers and two publishing companies in China.
Apple has been accused of violating copyrights as it emerges that unlicensed eBooks were sold via their online store. They are being ordered to pay 1.03 yuan (approx £100,000) in compensation.
This is not the first time that Apple has faced legal battles in China. Just last September, the company was sued by a Chinese encyclopaedia publisher, again for copyright issues.
At the beginning of the year, Apple paid $60m to settle a dispute with Chinese company Proview who claimed that they owned the rights to the name ‘iPad’. Apple, who claimed that they had already bought the global rights to the iPad name for £35,000, lost the right to sell using the name in China, which resulted in iPads being taken off the Chinese market; one of Apple’s fastest-growing markets.