Posted by: mulrickillion | January 12, 2012

Chinese writers sue Apple for copyright violation

By Cao Ding, Jan 10, 2012 —

BEIJING – Nine Chinese writers sued Apple Inc for violating copyright and demanded compensation totaling 12 million yuan ($1.9 million).

The move was the latest attempt by writers to protect their rights online as more readers turned to e-books, lawyers said.

Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court has accepted the lawsuit jointly filed by Chinese writers like Han Han, Li Chengpeng and He Ma, an official at the court said on Monday.

"The court is examining documents and materials provided by those writers, as each of them has his or her compensation requests," court official Li Zhitao said, adding the first trial may open after the Spring Festival, which falls on Jan 23.

The writers, claiming Apple allows its users to download pirated books through its platform App Store, are determined to fight for their rights, says Bei Zhicheng, an executive of Writers’ Union, an organization established in July 2011 to safeguard Chinese writers’ copyright online.

Bei said Apple’s lack of a positive response to the writers’ complaint made them take the case to court. . . .

China has at least 15 million iPhone users and the country is now Apple’s second largest market.

The books in question were still available on App Store, even after "it was informed about the violations", Bei said.

On Apple’s online store, many bestsellers have been downloaded several million times, but most of these were pirated editions, he said.

Apple did not comment on the case. . . .

Chinese writers sue Apple for copyright violation|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

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