People using their smartphones in Taipei. (Photo/Chen Chen-tang)
A Taiwanese publishing alliance has decided to establish an online information-sharing platform on Facebook to protect copyright of mobile content, and will launch a promotional campaign to make the public aware of the new service.
Starting Tuesday, the Taiwan Digital Publishing Forum will begin distributing antipiracy stickers urging people to link to the forum's Facebook fan page, where readers, content providers and publishers can share information about pirated content on websites or mobile app stores, such as Apple's App Store and Google's Google Play.
"It is hard for most content providers to discover where their original works are being pirated," said Pen Chu, deputy secretary-general of the forum.
If someone posts messages about mobile content that could be pirated, the forum will first examine the validity of the claim and ask platform operators to withdraw the content if it is pirated, Chu said, adding that the forum will help creators of content sue the platform operators that continue to provide or sell pirated content.
The establishment of the Facebook platform came after some Taiwanese consumers notified Taiwan's Yuan-Liou Publishing last year that they had paid US$5.99 to download a pirated version of an e-book by Chinese writer Jin Yong, according to a newspaper report on March 11.
The e-book was withdrawn from the App Store soon after Jin Yong filed a complaint with Apple, the report said.
Yuan-Liou said it is the only authorized publisher of Jin Yong's novels in Taiwan and has never put electronic editions in the App Store, indicating that all electronic editions of Jin Yong's novels currently available in the App Store are pirated versions.
The forum is an alliance formed by Taiwanese publishers, publishing organizations, digital content providers, and information and communications technology operators.
It is also a member of the International Digital Publishing Forum, which promotes the development of electronic publishing applications and products that will benefit creators of content, makers of reading systems and consumers.