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According to the Chinese news agency  Xinhua, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) has been fined for infringing on the electronic copyrights of eight Chinese writers and two companies. Following the ruling of the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court, Apple has been ordered to pay a fine of 1.03 million yuan, equal to approximately $167,908.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs said unlicensed, electronic versions of their books were found online last year and became popular downloads. According to the Beijing court, Apple violated a portion of the Chinese copyright law, infringing on the plaintiff's "right of communication through information networks."

The ruling also stated that Apple failed to carry out its duties relating to safeguarding its online applications.

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  • Report this Comment On December 28, 2012, at 10:07 PM, PTGuy22 wrote:

    It sure would be nice if there was a bit more substance with some of these Fool blogs.

    Unless my page isn't fully loading, there doesn't even seem to be any kind of opinion with this at all . . . Motley or otherwise.

    This is really no different than just some blip of a news headline I could find off Yahoo . . .

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2012, at 1:06 PM, timbrugger wrote:


    Sorry for the confusion, but as it turns out you hit it on the head. This is/was intended to be a news item only, sans the opinion(s), including its possible ramifications to Apple, and its stock. We want Fools to be able to the site as a landing spot for company-related news stories, in addition to investment data and opinion pieces.

    We should probably begin these titles with "NEWS," or something similar, to make the distinction more clear for you (and probably others).

    Thanks for the note! Tim.

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