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Apple's shine continues to attract controversy

By Wang Xin (China Daily)

08:42, March 21, 2012

Chinese consumers have a voracious appetite for all things Apple, but the appealing gadgets and computers are also attracting increasing controversy.

Even as a high-profile lawsuit over rights to the iPad trademark in China continues in Guangzhou, Apple Inc now faces another intellectual property challenge - from Chinese writers who allege the US electronics giant enables illegal downloads of their books.

Last month the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court agreed to hear a lawsuit against Apple brought by an alliance of 22 well-known writers who claim the company's App Store provides programs for download that include pirated copies of 95 books.

The group is asking for more than 11 million yuan ($1.7 million) in damages and plans to seek another 20 million yuan in compensation in another lawsuit, the alliance's founder Bei Zhicheng told local media.

Apple public relations spokeswoman Huang Yu'na said in an email to the media that "Apple understands the importance of protecting intellectual property rights".

She said the company will "respond properly and in a timely fashion" to the lawsuit, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The court is expected to begin hearing the case in the last half of the year, said Wang Guohua, an attorney for the alliance.

"I have five books on the App Store for reading with or without charges, but I did not authorize them," said Mai Jia, one of the writers in the alliance.

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