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Apple faces $1.9m lawsuit for selling unauthorized iBooks

updated 04:15 pm EST, Sat January 7, 2012

Apple sued for inadvertent aid to e-book pirates

Apple is currently facing a lawsuit in China for allegedly aiding in the sale of illegally published e-books on the iBookstore. The People's Daily reported that nine authors accused Apple of doing nothing to stop bootleggers from publishing 37 works without permission and profiting from it. They contended that Apple owed them the equivalent of nearly $1.9 million in damages, both for letting the publishers through and for profiting from its customary 30 percent cut.

While not accusing Apple of direct piracy as part of the claims, the authors wanted Apple to verify the copyright of books before it published them to avoid a repeat incident. The American company wasn't honoring local laws, they said. Apple has supposedly turned down the request for unknown reasons.

No comment had been given from Apple.

The complaint is a rare direct accusation against Apple of allowing through illegal content. While apps of questionable merit sometimes appear, like strategy guides or purported cheats, the content is usually legal on a basic level. Apple watches iTunes stores more closely than Google, which is known to periodically allow fraud on Android Market for short periods as it doesn't usually check apps, though not necessarily media, on a significant level before they go live. [via The Next Web]

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  1. facebook_Dana

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    Ironic that Apple is being sued for this in the piracy capital of the world.

  1. global.philosopher

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    No one made 1.9b in sales of a few titles

  1. Chris CA

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    "No one made 1.9b in sales of a few titles"
    What does your comment have to do with the article?

  1. trevj

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    "What does your comment have to do with the article?"

    MacNN originally identified the lawsuit as $1.9 billion, not million. That's what he's referring too.

  1. charlituna

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    it's about the TOC

    Apple's terms when you publish anything with them is that you declare that you own all appropriate legal rights to the items in question. If they are notified you don't, they yank the stuff. We see this in the app store all the time. And if someone is chronic they boot you out of publishing anymore whatever, per the terms.

    Apparently these folks want Apple to vet every single ibook submission at least from China and that's not likely to happen because of the time and money. Which is why Apple has the whole good faith issue at all. I'm curious what these writers/publishers did to notify Apple that they are the copyright holders and to vet themselves and what these local laws are.

    That said, Apple will likely settle with them on the $2 million cause frankly they make that in a day or less so it's really no big deal for them money wise

  1. testudo

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    Re: it's about the TOC

    Apparently these folks want Apple to vet every single ibook submission at least from China and that's not likely to happen because of the time and money.

    Yes, how dare anyone think Apple should actually be responsible for what they post. Just stick a TOS that says "Um, the people who posted it said they owned it, and that's good enough for us" at the front and then you can sit back and not care. Hey, that's what all the torrent and download sites should do. Just say "Um, they said they owned it, what do you want from me?" and let anyone post whatever they want.

  1. thinkman

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    The notion of China suing an American company would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. China and Korea are the biggest plagiarists EVER. And I don't see an end in sight to this monumental injustice.

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