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Apple accused of selling pirated books

Japanese publishers are accusing Apple of illegally selling electronic copies of Japanese novels, reports the AFP. The pirated books were authored by Haruki Murakami, Keigo Higashino, and other popular Japanese writers. On Tuesday, the publishers demanded the removal of the works from the iBookstore.

According to the AFP:

“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 [publishers’] statement said. …

Apple Japan said in a comment issued to Japanese media: “We fully understand the importance of intellectual property including copyright. We will promptly and appropriately respond to complaints about violation of copyright.”