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Chinese writers' group sues Apple

By Zha Minjie (Shanghai Daily)

08:38, March 19, 2012

CHINA'S copyright authorities are investigating claims that Apple is offering some Chinese writers' works at its App Store without authorization.

A Chinese writers' alliance has filed a lawsuit in Beijing demanding 50 million yuan (US$7.9 million) compensation. The alliance told China Central Television that it had not yet received a reply from Apple.

The lawsuit is the alliance's latest move targeting copyright violations after it wrote to both Baidu and Apple last year.

"We are confident of winning the lawsuit and we will stick to it," alliance representative Bei Zhicheng told reporters.

Bei said Apple had told the writers that "it has already deleted some unauthorized works" after hearing that the alliance was taking court action.

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