Authorized Dealer Loses after Disney Sues for Infringement over iPhone Cases

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A 36-year-old Taipei man surnamed Chung (鐘) was sued in June last year for copyright infringement for selling iPhone 6 Disney cases. Authorities confiscated more than 7,000 phone cases following the court case.

However, more than a year later, Chung produced a document showing that he was, in fact, an authorized dealer of the Disney iPhone cases, Apple Daily reported. Authorities were ready to return the products but Chung responded, “iPhone X is on the market, who will buy these now?”

Prior to the infringement case, Chung had sold 3,000 iPhone 6 cases out of his total inventory of 10,000. He claims to have lost more than NT$1 million because the cases were confiscated.

In 2014, Chung found a supplier for the authorized Disney iPhone cases and imported more than 10,000 of them to Taiwan. He was surprised in June 2016 to discover that Disney’s US corporate headquarters was accusing him of copyright infringement.

Chung sought legal counsel to recover his losses from Disney, but found that he would have bring the case against Disney’s US headquarters and not the local Taiwan office. He claims that it is impossible for him to continue with such a case.

Chung also blames the local police for enforcing unjust confiscation of his goods. He feels that Disney used Taiwanese authorities to bully him and ruin his reputation.

Disney refused to comment on the matter when contacted by Apple Daily reporters.

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