Apple sued by Chinese writers over copyright infringement

Well now we all know Apple can dish out a legal fight when someone allegedly infringing on their patents, so now we’ll see if Apple can take it as they are apparently being sued for copyright infringement and claiming Apple has illegally published numerous works that Apple doesn’t own.

According to the guys over at Phone Arena by way of MocoNews and Caixin, a Chinese consortium of writers has filed a lawsuit for $1.9 million, 12 million yuan, and these well-known Chinese writers and bloggers claim Apple has pirated their work and placed them on the Apple App Store.

Word is said 9 writers have united in the China Written Works Copyright Society and state that Apple has published 37 of their works illegally and the iPhone maker is charged with not protecting the unauthorised sale.

Bei Zhicheng, representative of the writer’s society says it’s “Total theft,” and went on to say, “The download number of one best-selling book is as much as one million, which creates about one billion dollars in losses for each writer.”

The writers are suing Apple in Beijing’s number 2 intermediate People’s Court, and the group along with other authors had also waged a copyright infringement campaign against Google and Baidu, resulting in Google issuing a formal apology to the writers last year, whilst Baidu deleted almost 2.8 million items in response to the complaints.

Zhicheng also said that Apple takes 30% from all profits from sales of digital books, legal and illegal in their online store, and most consumers that purchase the books from the App Store are unaware they are pirated.

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