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Chinese writers double damage demands in App Store lawsuit

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Let's say I am the writer. I ask so-and-so to get it published on iBook Store, then I suddenly 'find out about it' and file a lawsuit. Then we'll split the proceed.

    I am not saying that's what happened, but this is typical for scumbag businesses in China.

  1. donivan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh that's good. NOW the Chinese care about piracy!!! Forget about all the pirated software and movies you can get in China....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: sneaky

    Yeah because us businesses would never try to do something scummy.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: hilarious

    Way to be stereotypical and group 3 billion people into one bag. So because some in china don't treat ip and copyright seriously, everyone there doesn't?

    For there are a lot of people in the us who don't care about copyright, so I'm guessing no one here does either, right?

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