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Writers: App Store has pirated e-books (2)

By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

08:09, March 20, 2012

A senior official of the National Copyright Administration said on Saturday that the App Store is suspected of copyright infringement, but final judgment should be withheld until such time as the claim has been verified by authorities.

Amy Cheung, a Hong Kong novelist, told fans on her blog this week that she never authorized any electronic copy of her books. Any applications (in her name) that are provided for free or for a price are fakes, which contain typos, and that makes her "sad".

A group of writers established the Chinese Writers' Alliance last year to collectively file a lawsuit against the "powerful" tech giant in Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court, according to Wang Guohua, a lawyer representing the alliance.

The list of plaintiffs includes famous writer and blogger Han Han, and writers of best-selling books Stories of the Ming Dynasty and The Note of Ghoul.

Wang said the alliance's lawyers had written Apple three times since July demanding it remove a large quantity of pirated books from its App Store - but the infringements crop up constantly.

A book search by a China Daily reporter found results of Stories of the Ming Dynasty, by Dangnian Mingyue, and Han Han's book Youth on the App Store on Monday - the developers of those applications have no connection with the writers or publishers.

"We had negotiations with Apple before. It said the Chinese subsidiary is not empowered to handle the issue, which must be handled by the Cupertino (California) headquarters," Wang said.

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