Apple Faces $1.88 Million App Store Lawsuit in China

Apple is once again in the courtroom and this time it is brought to Beijing court by nine well-known Chinese writers.  The writers filed a case against the Cupertino firm accusing it for letting users download illegal copies of their work on the App Store. They demand a compensation amount of Yuan 11.91 million (US$1.88 million) from the Cupertino firm.

According to China’s People Daily, the authors are extremely unhappy with the fact that the unauthorized version of their work has been submitted to the App Store and it only the company that is getting direct profits from sales of illegal downloads of their work.

It is apparent that the illegal download of the work is entirely an act of ‘total theft’, said the member of the Chinese writer’s alliance. It is also assumed that the company takes 30% of total sales of illegal works sold by App Store on the App Store.

It is told that the writer’s alliance has requested the Cupertino firm to take into consideration Chinese laws and offer copyright certification of books being sold on the App Store.  However, Apple has refused to accept the request from writer’s alliance some reports suggest.

Of the nine writers, Han Han, Li Chengpong and Murong Xuecun, are the prominent names who intended to sue Apple for sharing thirty seven works.

In order to save the legal rights of writers, users and rights holders conducted a campaign back in March 2011 to force China’s biggest search engine Baidu to delete 2.8 million unauthorized works from its directory.

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