Another day, another lawsuit — or three. A group of Chinese writers have demanded millions of dollars in compensation from Apple for allegedly selling unlicensed versions of their books in its online store, reports the “Associated Press” (

Three separate lawsuits have been filed with the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court on behalf of 12 writers who allege 59 of their titles were sold unlicensed through the iTunes Store, Wang Guohua, a Beijing lawyer representing the writers, told the “AP.” The three suits together demand 23 million (US$3.5 million) in compensation from Apple.

Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based Apple spokesman, told the “AP” that the company respects intellectual property and responds to complaints quickly. “As an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property and when we receive complaints we respond promptly and appropriately,” she said.