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A Taiwanese writer and director who flew to Hong Kong to confront Apple in person over a long-running copyright infringement saga says he was branded an "idiot" by staff and escorted off the premises by police. Giddens Ko, who wrote and directed the hit Chinese language movie You Are the Apple of My Eye, revealed his encounter …

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My brain hurts now

If I understand this correctly, Apple has placed an app of sorts on their iStore. A man is complaining that the stuff is HIS IP, but Apple won't remove it because is can not determine if the man is the IP owner.

It therefor follows that Apple can not determine if the person or persons that placed the content in the store are the IP owners either.

So Apple has put stuff in their store but they can not determine where it came from, and refuses to remove it for this very same reason.

Is it me or do they have it ass bakwards ? Does this now mean I can use any of Apples IP as long as I don't know it's their IP ? For instance, as long as I don't know Apple owns a patent for rectangular slab with rounded corners I can sell as many as I want, Ignorance is now an acceptable defene ?

And I'm not even trying to take the piss here. I'm dumbfounded.

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Re: My brain hurts now

Not quite

He wrote books

The publisher put the books on an app

Apple assumed the publishers had the rights to the book

He went to offices where Apple said he needed to put complaint into writing

He did while in the office and was called idiot

This was filmed.

Apps finally withdrawn.

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Did he forget the magic word?

No, not "please", "DMCA". I suspect this was just a matter of not using the right legalese. As I understand it, if he sent a properly formated a DMCA notice they would be required to assume it's valid unless the other party came forward to defend against it. Admittedly I'm not sure how all this works in Taiwan, but Apple is a US company and copyright is international, so I can't think of any reason he couldn't use American law to his advantage.

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Re: Did he forget the magic word?

This is in Hong Kong. DMCA does not apply (contrary to the views of some US judges).

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Re: Did he forget the magic word?

Memory!

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Pint

Re: Did he forget the magic word?

Exactly! He should have gone to New Zealand to confront Apple.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Did he forget the magic word?

But Apple IS a US company and therefore bound by the DMCA

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Re: Did he forget the magic word?

I always thought "Apple" was the magic word.....

It turns other people's IP into money.....

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He does sounds like an possible idiot

He wants apps which have the content of his books removed so he can make an app himself and give away the content free.

Sounds like an idiot; I'll put him down as a possible idiot.

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Holmes

Re: He does sounds like an possible idiot

If it's his IP it's his right to do wtf he fancies with it, surely?

But not anyone else's right.

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WTF?

Re: He does sounds like an possible idiot

"He wants apps which have the content of his books removed so he can make an app himself and give away the content free."

Because he'd rather people read what he has to say for free, rather than being ok with people having to pay some other guy to read his stuff, he's an idiot?

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Just because he wants to give them away....

doesn't mean he doesn't want credit...

But I guess I might have been trolled....

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If he deals with Apple he is an idiot

What the issue here?

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Re: If he deals with Apple he is an idiot

Not him, his publisher.

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Unhappy

Can't wait to see Tim Cook apologising for calling the guy an idiot

Love that fall guy!

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Ko said he is still trying to convince Apple to publish an app of his own...

...I hope he isn't holding his breath. Apple do not forget and they do not forgive.

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Just make it up guys

Obviously someone is pirating his books.

And in the other story maybe Apple does not like free books apps in its store.

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They might be his books...

But they're Apple's books "on a mobile device".

It's part of their new range, soon to include:

A Tale of Two Cities On A Mobile Device

Pride, A Mobile Device & Predjudice

2001: On A Mobile Device

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Re: They might be his books...

Eh, you realise that the first two of these are out of copyright, so anyone can publish a version of them?

Or you can just get them at www.gutenberg.org, if that's what you want.

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Trollface

No they're not.

They belong to Apple.

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Trollface

These books...

... are now Apple's IP. They have prior art after all... right?

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