Posted by: Idioma Extra | December 19, 2010

Monday´s News


Japan Publishers Say Apple Is Offering Pirated E-Books, Comics

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/technology/

Apple Inc. is infringing on copyrights by offering illegally scanned books and comics on its App Store, four Japanese publishing groups said.

While Apple deleted some pirated titles, it continues to offer unauthorized books such as Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84,” Japan Book Publishers Association, Japan Magazine Association, the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan, and Digital Comic Association said in a joint statement today.

Apple should disclose data about pirated publications on its store and take preventive measures, according to the statement.

A spokesman at Apple’s Tokyo office who refused to be named said the company respects intellectual-property rights and that it will respond to complaints promptly and appropriately. Jill Tan, an Apple spokeswoman in Hong Kong, said she would need to investigate the matter further before making any comment.

The App Store, which sells applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has more than 300,000 apps available for download, the Cupertino, California-based Apple said last month.

Word of the Day

pi·rate
[pahy-ruht]
Origin: 1250–1300;  ME < L pīrāta  < Gk peirātḗs,  equiv. to peirā- , var. s. of peirân  to attack + -tēs  agent n. suffix
noun, verb, -rat·ed, -rat·ing.
noun
1. a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
2. a ship used by such persons.
3. any plunderer, predator, etc.: confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates.
4. a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.
5. Also called pirate stream . Geology . a stream that diverts into its own flow the headwaters of another stream, river, etc.
verb (used with object)
6. to commit piracy upon; plunder; rob.
7. to take by piracy: to pirate gold.
8. to use or reproduce (a book, an invention, etc.) without authorization or legal right: to pirate hit records.
9. to take or entice away for one’s own use: Our competitor is trying to pirate our best salesman.
verb (used without object)
10. to commit or practice piracy.

More Vocabulary

Appropriate: v. especially suitable or compatible: fitting
Disclose: v.
to make known or public
Infringe: v.
to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another
Refuse: v. to
withhold acceptance, compliance, or permission

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

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