Publishers in Japan are incensed as they demand that Apple stop selling pirated digital copies of novels by Japanese authors, where among them include Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84″, in its online book store. According to a consortium of Japanese book publishers, “We have no choice but to deem it illegal that Apple Inc. distributes materials which clearly violate copyright. 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 comprises of the Japan Book Publishers Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan, and the Digital Comic Association. They are hoping that Apple will set up a section to handle requests for deletion of pirated copies and to fight digital piracy. The ball’s in Apple’s court now as we await with bated breath for a response.
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