Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chinese Novelist Mian Mian Sues for Piracy - by Google

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chinese Novelist Mian Mian Sues for Piracy - by Google

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Chinese author Mian Mian - whose works include 'Panda Sex' and 'Acid Lover' - filed the first copyright violation by a Chinese author against Google. She says Google scanned her novel without permission.

The first copyright violation lawsuit filed against Google by a

Chinese author points to twists the road to content digitalization

may take in the world's most voluminous - and piracy-riddled -

book market.

Though China's adoption of e-books is slow, its 570 licensed print

publishers still put out around 200,000 new titles a year on paper

(on par with US and UK peers). They sell about 6 billion of them

annually, making China the world's No. 1 market by volume, and make

about $8 billion in 2007, behind only the US, Germany and Japan,

according to the Chinese Institute of Publishing Sciences in Beijing.

Though Mian Mian - the Shanghai writer whose 2000 breakout novel

"Candy" dragged readers through a sex-and-drugs-addled underworld -

is paid little, like most Chinese authors, she's not suing the

California-based Internet giant for the money, her lawyer says.

Instead, she's concerned about Google's attitude toward copyrights

and its respect for authors, her attorney Sun Jingwei told the

Monitor. "She would consider a settlement as long as Google

apologizes" for scanning excerpts her novel "Acid Lover" and loading

its Book Search service without permission, attorney Sun Jingwei told

the Monitor. "Acid Lover," Mian's third novel, is a story of a group

of anxious, rebellious youths coming of age in the wild nightlife of

big-city modern China.

On Tuesday in a Beijing court, Ms. Mian asked Google for that

apology and for 60,000 yuan ($8,800) to cover legal and "emotional"

costs, Mr. Sun said. They had not heard back from Google by Thursday.

Google, which did not respond to requests for comment, appears to

have pulled "Acid Lover" from its Book Search site, where it has an

estimated 80,000 Chinese titles, according to Zhang Hongbo, deputy

executive director-general of the China Written Works Copyright

Society (CWWCS). …

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