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BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese court has ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan ($165,000) to eight Chinese writers who say unlicensed copies of their work was distributed through Apple's online store.

The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled Thursday that Apple violated the writers' copyrights by allowing applications to be distributed through its store that contained copies of their work, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The award was less than the 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) initially sought by the authors in their lawsuit.

An Apple spokeswoman, Carolyn Wu, said the company's managers "take copyright infringement complaints very seriously." She declined to say whether the company would appeal.

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