“A state-owned Shanghai animation film studio has sued Apple in a Beijing court, seeking compensation of 3.3 million yuan (HK$4.08 million), alleging the US company sold its movies without approval,” Daniel Ren reports for The South China Morning Post.

“Shanghai Animation Film Studio, which has produced blockbuster animated movies such as The Monkey King, accuses Apple Inc and Apple Electronics Products Commerce (Beijing), one of its Chinese subsidiaries, of infringing on intellectual property rights while providing unauthorised download services in its App Store,” Ren reports. “A senior official with the Shanghai company confirmed that it had filed the litigation with the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court, which accepted the case.”

Ren reports, “‘The cases are not good signs,’ said Dong Jun, an iPhone owner. ‘They convinced me of quitting Apple products later now that my phone has quality problems.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, is “Dong Jun” part of China’s government, mentally deficient, or was he looking down the barrel of a gun when he excreted that quote?

Regardless, the squeeze is still on. What did Apple do? Nothing. Why is this happening? Look no further than:

• U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s attack on China’s Huawei, ZTE could trigger major crisis – October 10, 2012
• U.S. House Intelligence Committee: China’s Huawei, ZTE should be banned in U.S. – October 8, 2012

Related articles:
Chinese regulator calls for tighter supervision of Apple – March 28, 2013
Popularity buffers Apple Inc. from state-run media attacks – March 28, 2013
Apple and China seem made for each other, so why is China attacking Apple? – March 28, 2013
Manufactured Apple ire shows up for real against China’s state-owned monopolies – March 27, 2013
China slams Apple’s ‘empty and self-praising’ response to warranty complaints – March 26, 2013
What’s really behind China’s attacks on Apple and Android? – March 20, 2013
Chinese media attack on Apple exposed; backfires badly – March 19, 2013
Prominent Weibo users, Samsung spokesman paid to bash Apple – March 17, 2013
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: Google controls too much of Chinese smartphone sector – March 5, 2013