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Chinese writers’ group sues Apple, reports state media

A group of 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against US technology group Apple, alleging its App Store sells unlicensed copies of their books, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.

The group, the Writers Rights Alliance, petitioned Apple last year to stop electronic distribution of the writers’ books. It had earlier persuaded Baidu, China’s largest search engine, to stop publishing their material on its Baidu Library product.

The writers were seeking CNY50 million (USD7.9m) compensation from Apple, saying it was selling pirated versions of 95 books via its online store, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, without stating where the claim had been filed.