One of Apple’s claims regarding its App Store is that it keeps a tight rein on the apps that populate it; the theory is that this keeps things within the company’s guidelines and the letter of the law. Not so according to a group of Chinese writers who are suing Apple for $US3.6 million over apps that include pirated eBooks.
Macworld reports that a group of writers had contacted Apple about removing apps which contained pirated eBooks; at first a complaint for 23 apps was filed, but that’s now been upped with the discovery of 26 additional apps. The group alleges that because Apple claims 30 per cent of app revenues, it had a financial reason to not pull the apps, and has thus benefitted financially from the dodgy applications. [Macworld]