In January 2012, we reported that a group of nine Chinese authors were suing Apple for allegedly hosting pirated copies of their literary works through apps in the App Store. At that time, the nine authors were asking for total compensation in the range of US $1.88 million.
Considering how hostile environment Chinese environment has been for Apple, considering this case, false accusation about Foxconn and Proview case, headache seems to expect more for Apple. Everybody wants to malign Apple and have a bite at Apple’s dollar pie.
Physorg.com is reporting that the group, which calls itself the Writers Rights Alliance, has increased in size to a dozen authors who have raised the stakes to 23 million yuan, or about US $3.5 million.
When this story was covered last time, there were 37 works that were covered in the lawsuits. The authors alleged that Apple was hosting the pirated books on the App Store. When discovered, Apple refused to remove the books, saying that there was little or no evidence that the works were pirated.
The authors complained that in many cases, over a million copies of the pirated works were downloaded and the rightful copyright owners did not receive any compensation for that. Once the pirated works were finally removed from the App Store, new bogus copies often popped up.
Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu responded to the latest lawsuit. She said,”As an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property and when we receive complaints we respond promptly and appropriately.”
Let us see how this story takes turn.
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