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Chinese writers sue Apple for copyright violation (2)

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:41, January 10, 2012

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.

An employee working at the public relations department of Apple China, who only gave his surname as Huang, said on Monday that the company was too busy with the launch of iPhone 4S in Beijing, scheduled on Jan 13, to pay attention to the case.

Yu Guofu, a Beijing-based lawyer specializing in the intellectual property rights at Shengfeng Law Firm, said the case reflected Chinese writers' rising awareness of copyright violations and would help spread it among the public.

"As a platform supplying online books, Apple has the responsibility to review the products on its platform," he said.

A weak awareness of intellectual property rights among the public compounds the case of online piracy.

"I don't care if the book I read is pirated or not," said Yin Qiming, who often downloaded books using his iPhone. For him it was the price that mattered.

In March 2011, more than 40 Chinese writers posted an open letter online, accusing Baidu, China's largest Internet search engine, of reprinting their books online without permission.

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