Apple Set for Legal Battle over iBook Piracy in China

As if Apple’s lawyers don’t have enough on their plate right now, it appears that they will soon be needing to hop on a plane and head to China, with a new legal bruhaha brewing.

Apple is now being asked for $1.88 million dollars, with a collection of Chinese authors claiming that 37 of their works are being distributed illegally on the iBookstore – Apple’s Kindle competitor.

As if to add insult to injury, Apple has been taking its customary 30% of all sales in the store, effectively receiving money thanks to pirated materials…

As is to be expected, Apple is not commenting on its latest legal faux pas, though they will do well to not ignore the situation. While the authors are not accusing Apple of pirating the copyrighted materials, it is entirely true that the company has received payments due to their being made available on the iBookstore.

It is true that this latest legal news does make a refreshing change to the usual patent rumblings that we are forced to report on. That said, wouldn’t it be nice to go just a week without Apple upsetting someone, somewhere in the world?

Just one week!? Is it too much to ask?

[The Next Web]