Apple Sued in China Over Showing of Propaganda War Film From 1990s

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    Apple is being sued by a subsidiary of China's broadcasting regulator over the showing of a propaganda film more than 20 years old, according to the Associated Press.

    A Beijing court told AP on Saturday that the case had been brought by a state-run production center which alleges Apple has infringed on its exclusive online rights to broadcast Xuebo dixiao. The title loosely translates as "Bloody Fight with the Fierce Enemy", with the film depicting the Chinese army battling Japanese soldiers in northern China in the early 1930s.

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    The plaintiff is also suing Heyi Information and Technology, the company behind the Youku HD app that reportedly enabled users to watch the film, causing it "huge economic losses", according to the Beijing Haidian District People's Court.

    The case was brought by Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center, which comes under the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

    The plaintiff wants the two companies to immediately stop broadcasting the film and is seeking compensation of 50,000 yuan ($7,500), plus 20,158 ($3,000) to cover the litigation costs.

    This isn't the first time Apple has been targeted by China's media administrative wing. In April, the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores were reportedly forced down by SARFT. The store closures were linked to the release of controversial independent movie Ten Years, which imagines Hong Kong in 2025 with language police, radical protest, and social alienation rife.

    The latest case also joins a line of legal spats for Apple in China in recent months. In June, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringed on the patent rights of another smartphone sold within China, although the company that filed the patent infringement claim was said to "barely exist" following its victory.

    In March, Apple lost its exclusive rights to the "iPhone" trademark in China when a Beijing court ruled that a leather goods manufacturer could continue to sell bags and cases under the same name without fear of legal repercussions.

    Apple and other tech companies are also reportedly subject to security reviews in the country, to determine whether products "pose potential security threats" to China and Chinese consumers.

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    Maybe it's not worth it? Move everything to India and save on this communist ********.
     
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    Part of me wants to see apple just call it quits selling in China but I'm sure the pro's of staying there really outweigh the cons. It's just the hypocrisy of it all...
     
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    More than most, but every country is like this to some degree.
     
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    True, but most times concerns seem to come from legitimate reasons and have common sense behind them. China just seems opportunistic...
     
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    LOL new headline "Chine sues Apple for making device that has App store, which had App that played content Government owns"
     
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    Tim Cook gave China a billion dollars ...
    And the Chinese companies see an opening .
    Apple has shown it is willing to negotiate ...

    Every business man will try to make an easy buck ...
     
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    Next up, suing Apple over Safari - Everyone knows that web browsers are involved in as much as 90% of illegal activity on the internet.
     
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    Can't wait until American manufacturing leaves China...
     
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    When I was a kid it was "Made in Japan".
    Where is the next place to go for cheap labor when China becomes too expensive?
     
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    They want $10,500 eh? Coincidentally just over the price of a maxed out Mac Pro. Maybe Apple could just say to the Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center 'guys, if you wanted us to get you a Mac Pro, all you had to do was ask...'
     
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    Everyone wants a piece of the Apple pie.

    China is getting super annoying lately. Time to move on from them.
     
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    It'll cost more than $10,500 for Apple's lawyers to just read the complaint. Scrape together loose change from the executive lounge, settle, and move on.
     
  17. MH01 macrumors G4

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    And the mega profits from sales of devices in China?
     
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    How would you even know if it happened. You can't get Mac Rumors in the afterlife.:p:D
     
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    There is a line where that's not going to matter.
     
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    Haha, you probably get sued as well because you have ears and eyes listening and looking at it: stupid communists
     
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    I doubt its $10k.…..

    This is just a clickbait article . Apple needs China a lot more than China needs apple.
     
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    Who said China was still communist? That's what a lot of people have said for years. And it's a non-sequitur, anyway.

    Why not America, or does India give out more handouts and freebies?
     
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    But China needs overseas tech companies in general. Pissing off the biggest one is not very smart.
     
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    In globalization, why wouldn't there be redundant factories all over the world in the event one went down? The last time something big happened was the flood that took out all hard drive manufacturers and prices to customers skyrocketed. That didn't help any industry, company, customer, etc.
     
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    lol what? Because it is.
     

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