updated 06:40 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2012
Apple accused of slow action on piracy complaints
A group of nine Chinese writers have amended a December court filing against Apple to almost double the amount of damages sought, according to Macworld. Having previously sought 11.9 million yuan in their App Store piracy case, the group -- operating as the China Written Works Copyright Society -- is now asking for 23 million yuan, or about $3.65 million. As explanation the CWWCS says it has discovered another 26 infringing products on the App Store.
In January the group told a court that when Apple was alerted to the pirated writing, illegally converted into apps for sale, the company was either slow to delete it, or refused to remove it at all. Apple has allegedly been aware of the problem since last July, but been telling the writers to contact the offending developers and solve the piracy on their own.
While Apple is only an accomplice to any piracy, it still benefits financially. The company receives 30 percent from each app sale, most of which goes towards App Store expenses such as servers.