It seems like Apple cannot catch a break in the wide Chinese market. Now, another Chinese film studio company sues Apple for using and selling their animated movies on iTunes without an official permission.
As you know, a few days ago, the Fruit Company was sued by Chinese Company regarding the use of Siri on their device. Apparently the Shanghai company developed a patent for a similar personal assistant, called the Xiao i Robot in 2006, before Apple develops Siri. The suit is under progress, but this is not all. The Cupertino-based company is dealing with multiple media attacks by the local authorities suggesting the fact the fact that Apple’s customer service and refund policies in China are inferior to those offered in other countries.
The recent lawsuit is intended by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, which has produced blockbuster-animated movies such as the Monkey King and many other well-know movies. The company accuses Apple of using their products and copying the intellectual property rights while selling these animated movies on their iTunes service without asking for permission or offering something in return.
Now, the company is suing Apple for almost 3.3 million Yuan, which means approximately $500,000. Shanghai Animation Film Studio, which is the China’s first and official animation factory, Disney for this Eastern country, suggests the fact that Apple and its product trading provided more than 110 films download within the App Store, iTunes and many other Apple websites. The Shanghai Company discovered the film pirating issues somewhere around July, last year. However, they decided just know to start a trial against the Fruit Company. This film infringement has caused the company huge economic losses while bringing profits to Apple and its application developers.
Apparently, the company asked Apple to stop selling their products, and to offer them the 3.3 million Yuan compensation. The Beijing court accepted the claim, but so far, there is no official date for the first hearing.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not the first problem Apple confronts in China. In the past, a Chinese Court demanded Apple to pay $60 million in compensation for Proview, as well as another $82,000 compensation in the lawsuit against Encyclopedia of China Publishing House.
So far, Apple did not comment regarding the lawsuit, just like in the case of the previous Chinese trial concerning Siri infringement. Whatsoever, the Chinese market seems to be a little bit unwelcomed for this tech giant. Apple faces a difficult time in conquering the marketplace in China, despite the fact that customers are taking its side.