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Apple accused of peddling dodgy Japanese books

Fingered by publishers
Tue Dec 14 2010, 22:06

FRUIT THEMED TOYMAKER Apple has been accused of peddling 'pirated' copies of Japanese books through its App Store.

Apple was fingered by a consortium of Japanese book publishers, who told Apple's Japanese subsidiary, "we have no choice but to deem it illegal that Apple Inc. distributes materials which clearly violate copyright". The damning statement came after Apple was unable to remove all the offending content from its App Store.

Although Apple managed to remove some of the copyright infringing works, the consortium has asked for Jobs' Mob to set up a team that deals with the deletion of works that infringe copyright. Apple responded by saying it understands the importance of intellectual property and it "will promptly and appropriately respond to complaints about violation of copyright".

The consortium includes many of the big players in Japan's publishing world and represents works by Murakami, arguably one of Japan's most successful and feted contemporary authors.

The calling out of Apple by the Japanese publishing consortium is an embarrassment for the shiny toymaker, as it claims to tightly control what appears on its App Store. Unless Apple can sort out its filtering procedures quickly, it is unlikely to get support from the media companies it so desperately needs.

Apple will soon find that just like the popularity of its App Store, the costs of running it will rise. As for who will bear these costs, take a wild guess. µ


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