The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several Japanese publishers, ranging in expertise from e-books, to digital comics, are offering up a stern warning for what they are claiming is copyright infringement. Works from several well-known Japanese authors have made their way onto the App Store without the publishers approval. Apple fired back by stating […]
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Japanese Content Publishers Are Slamming Apple For App Store Copyright Violations

apples-app-store-icon-o.jpgThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that several Japanese publishers, ranging in expertise from e-books, to digital comics, are offering up a stern warning for what they are claiming is copyright infringement. Works from several well-known Japanese authors have made their way onto the App Store without the publishers approval.

Apple fired back by stating that they remove pirated material once it has been brought to their attention by the copyright holder. Adding insult to injury, Apple also stated they are not able to check for copyrighted material during the App approval process. The Japanese Publishers didn’t buy that either.

So, expect this problem to only grow, and not just for Apple. I also think this is one of the reasons why Apple doesn’t have more content publishers on board for their movie rental, TV rental, and e-book efforts. In short, its easier to steal digital copies, than hard copies. Of course, this has all happened before (and is arguable still going on) with the digital music revolution we saw in the mid-2000s.

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