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Apple Accused by Chinese Writers of Illegally Selling Books

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by Radu Tyrsina, 19 Mar 2012News

Apple's problems with the law on the world's largest market seem endless. After Proview started the war over the iPad name, now Apple is again being sued for copyright infringements.

This time, a group of 22 Chinese writers have accused Apple of selling their books on the App Store without proper licences. The group, organised under the Writers Rights Alliance name, asked for 50 million yuan ($8 million) compensation for 95 pirated books.

Apple was prompted in issuing a statement on the matter.

"As an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property, and when we receive complaints we respond promptly and appropriately," explained Apple spokeswoman, Carolyn Wu, for Reuters.

In China, the relaxed copyright set of laws and regulations is not always easily enforced, which created problems not only for local companies but also for foreigners. The intellectual property is not always protected on the Chinese market and all the interested parties urged for tighter  laws and better enforcement of these laws. Previously, the Writers Rights Alliance managed to convince Baidu, China's largest search engine, to exclude the unlicensed copies of their books from the Baidu Library project.

Source: Reuters

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