Several well-known Chinese authors have filed a copyright lawsuit in China against Apple for selling unlicensed copies of their books on Apple’s iTunes store website. The case represents an interesting role reversal given that U.S. companies are unusually alleging copyright infringement of their products by companies in China.
In this case, three lawsuits have been filed with the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court. In total, 12 writers claim 59 titles were sold without permission through Apple’s online store. The lawsuits seek $3.5 million in damages.
Wang Guohua, a Beijing lawyer representing the writers, stated that while Apple removed some books after the lawsuit was filed in January, others have reappeared, apparently uploaded by developers that sell apps through the Apple Store. Wang also indicated that other Chinese authors have lodged complaints and additional lawsuits would be forthcoming.
This is not the only intellectual property lawsuit Apple is facing in China. Apple is in a contentious trademark dispute with Proview Electronics Co. over the ownership of the iPad trademark in China.
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