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Chinese authors accuse Apple of infringing copyrights

Say its App Store is selling unlicensed copies
Mon Mar 19 2012, 12:59

A BUNCH OF CHINESE AUTHORS have accused Apple of selling unlicensed copies of their works on its App Store.

The authors have accused the firm of 'piracy' because it takes a 30 per cent cut of money spent in its store, and have filed a claim for damages against it. According to a local report they are after 50m yuan, £5m, in damages.

The Xinhua news agency says that the claim covers 95 books by 22 famous Chinese writers, including author and racing driver Han Han, He Ma and Nanpai Sanshu. They allege that their works are on sale through the official Apple channel, and have grouped together to approach the firm about damages and its slow response to requests to remove copyrighted works.

The Xinhua report says that the authors, working as a writers' rights alliance, have written to Apple with their complaint and are yet to receive a response. In a report from the Associated Press Wang Guohua, the lawyer from the United Zhongwen Law Firm that is representing the group, said that even when they had been taken down Apple had allowed them to go back up.

"Some developers, with whom Apple has contracts, put them back online again," she said. "It is encouragement in disguise, because they did not punish the developers. The developers could have been kicked out. But nothing happened to them."

We have asked Apple to comment. µ


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