SHANGHAI, July 7 A group of Chinese authors will
petition Apple Inc to stop the distribution of their
books in electronic format through various applications in
Apple's App Store, the 21st Century Herald Tribune reported on
The same group of authors from the Writers Rights Alliance
successfully petitioned Baidu Inc , China's largest
search engine, to stop publishing the authors' material on its
Baidu Library product.
Apple and a representative from the writers group could not
be reached for comment.
Bei Zhicheng, the spokesman for the group, was quoted by the
newspaper as saying Apple's App store is more detrimental than
Baidu's service because Baidu provided the downloads for free
while Apple receives commissions on some downloads.
The protection of intellectual property rights in China is a
source of trade friction between China and foreign multinational
companies. Over the past two years, music companies have taken
Baidu to court for copyright infringement over its Mp3 search
service that allows users to easily search for and download
music for free.
More recently however, Chinese copyright holders have spoken
out against the lax enforcement of intellectual property laws in
Hollywood studios have cut deals with online video service
providers such as Youku Inc to provide their movies
through a pay-per-view format in a country where pirated DVDs
are sold for $1.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Matt