Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Dec 14, 2010
Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple has been accused of selling pirated ebooks by Japanese authors in its iBookstore, with titles by high-profile authors such as Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino among the texts. According to a consortium of Japanese publishers, "some of the works have been deleted in response to requests from authors and publishers but a majority of them continue to be illegally distributed."

Although not detailed by reports coming out of Japan, it seems likely that the furor has been caused by self-published iBooks content. Apple opened up the iBookstore to self-publishing authors back in May 2010 via iTunes Connect, and - as Amazon has discovered with its Kindle ebook store - it makes a tempting target for unofficial copies of electronic texts.

In a statement, Apple said "We fully understand the importance of intellectual property including copyright" and promised to "promptly and appropriately respond to complaints about violation of copyright."

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