22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

Shane McGlaun - Mar 19, 2012, 8:04 am CST
22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

Back in early January, we talked a bit about Apple facing a lawsuit over copyright infringement filed by nine different Chinese writers in Beijing. The writers alleged that Apple was selling their works on iTunes without permission. BBC News reports that now the 22 Chinese authors are suing Apple for a combined £5 million over alleged copyright infringement.

According to the group of writers there 59 pirated titles on the iBooks bookstore. Attorney Wang Guohua is representing the group of writers and maintains that the content was uploaded without the copyright holder’s permission. BBC News reports that some titles were deleted by Apple in January when the suit was originally filed. However, some of those files reappeared according to the suit.

The legal team alleges that works were placed back on the Apple Store by developers and that the developers were never punished for uploading copyrighted content to begin with. Apple has been embattled in China over the last several months over the iPad trademark. Apple is facing three separate suits by different writers and groups over allegedly pirated books.

[via BBC News]

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