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Chinese writers' group sues Apple (2)

By Zha Minjie (Shanghai Daily)

10:31, March 19, 2012

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 22 writers, involves 95 books that have allegedly been offered illegally at Apple's App Store. Apple users can download the works after paying a fee or even get some of them for free.

The writers include the bestselling Han Han and "White Deer Plain" author Chen Zhongshi. The alliance says that a large company like Apple to be taking advantage of writers is a moral issue.

Bei said the compensation they were asking for was high because many of the books were among the most popular in China.

Apple said that the company understood the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and would "respond properly and timely" to complaints.

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