Russian Railways’ appeal in Apple copyright row dismissed
MOSCOW, May 6 (RAPSI) - The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by Russian Railways challenging the dismissal of the copyright lawsuit against Apple Inc., RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Russian Railways sought 2 million ruble ($55,807) compensation from Apple Inc. for using the railway monopoly’s logo in App Store without the owner’s permission. The Moscow Commercial Court on March 4 dismissed the lawsuit, stating that Apple Inc. could not be deemed a proper defendant in the lawsuit.
The first version of the contested program in the App Store contained the Russian Railways logo. After the lawsuit was filed, Apple deleted the program from the store, giving the developers time to correct the logo. The program then resurfaced in App store, without the contested logo. The app itself calculates cost of transporting goods with the Russian Railways, and is being sold for 199 rubles.
Apple earlier stated that the company couldn't be held responsible, as the agreement between Apple and app designers states that the contracted developers are obligated to secure third parties' copyright clauses.