updated 09:15 am EST, Tue December 14, 2010
Company not policing App Store, groups say
A consortium of Japanese book publishers are demanding that Apple stop selling pirated novels through the App Store, says Agence France-Presse. "We have no choice but to deem it illegal that Apple Inc. distributes materials which clearly violate copyright," reads a statement by the consortium. Parties to the group include the Japan Book Publishers Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan and the Digital Comic Association.
In particular, the consortium says that pirated books from authors like Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino are being sold through the App Store without response. "Some of the works have been deleted in response to requests from authors and publishers but a majority of them continue to be illegally distributed," the statement continues. The consortium asks that Apple set up a section to handle deletion requests and piracy in general.
Apple Japan has so far only issued a brief reply. "We fully understand the importance of intellectual property including copyright," it reads. "We will promptly and appropriately respond to complaints about violation of copyright."