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Sharp Point files suit over pirated content in app

Staff writer, with CNA

A key player in Taiwan’s publishing industry yesterday announced it had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a local developer of a mobile app that contains pirated comic book content, saying it was determined to boycott pirated digital content.

The developer of the Comic King program, which is one of the most popular paid downloads on Apple Inc’s App Store, has been accused of distributing unauthorized content and infringing on the intellectual property of copyright holders.

The lawsuit was recently filed by Sharp Point Publishing Group (尖端出版) at the Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office, the Taiwan Digital Publishing Forum said.

HARD TO PROVE

“It’s difficult to give proof of pirated mobile content because most of the servers storing the illegal content are located in other countries,” Ho Fei-peng (何飛鵬), chairman of the forum, said at a press conference.

“We hope the government addresses the problem of pirated digital content and bans connections of the Web sites that seek profits with pirated content, in order to protect intellectual property,” he said.

Each time the complete Comic King app is downloaded, it costs Taiwan’s publishing industry about NT$8 million (US$273,600), based on an average selling price of NT$100 for one set of comic books, the forum said.

STILL ON SHELF

The app is still on the shelf of App Store, but the function that allows it to search for pirated comic book content has been removed following the copyright infringement lawsuit, the forum said.

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