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Wednesday, 15th December 2010
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Apple faces allegations from Japanese publishers

Apple is facing demands from Japanese publishers to cease the sale of illegal digital copies of novels.

A consortium of Japanese book publishers believes that Apple is selling pirated editions of a number of works by authors such as Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino via its App Store, reports AFP.

"We have no choice but to deem it illegal that Apple Inc distributes materials which clearly violate copyright," said the publishers in statement set to Apple's Japanese subsidiary.

It added: "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 consortium is representing a number of Japanese groups including the Japan Book Publishers Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan and the Digital Comic Association.

Figures from marketing company International Data Corporation recently revealed that Apple's share of the Japanese mobile market has increased to 12.2 per cent.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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