Apple sued by Vietnamese erotica writer

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Le Kieu Nhu presents her book Soi Xich

Back in March of 2010, actress, singer and author Le Kieu Nhu released her first book that was later met with harsh criticism for its depiction of crude sex and weak writing. The book was released by Hoi Nha Van (Writers’ Association), which ended up withdrawing its 2,000 copies a few days later with further publication ultimately suspended.

Since then, Nhu had dropped off the map of showbiz, only to later reemerge this year after recently discovering her once lambasted book has been sold without permission on Apple’s App Store for $29 since September of 2010.

“My lawyer in Vietnam has sent a request to Apple and if the company doesn’t respond, I will hire a lawyer in the US to work directly with the company,” Nhu said to magazine Vietweek.

“I don’t mind pursuing the case to the end.”

Her book, Soi Xich (The Chain) focuses on the life of a rural orphan girl who marries an older man that she sees to be the ideal husband for her. The man turns out to be impotent, and, unable to make love, ends up chaining up his new bride in their home. The story then goes on about the protagonist having an affair with a younger man. The book mainly explores the sex life shared with the protagonist and her love interests.

Nhu’s lawyer, Nguyen Thanh Cong of the East Law Firm in Ho Chi Minh City, said on Wednesday that he had sent out an official request regarding the case to Apple Inc. in California on July 8.

“Apple has clearly violated the Berne Convention and other relevant laws,” he said, also mentioning that he sent the request via email and express mail but the company has yet to respond.

Cong mentioned that Apple usually allots 30 per cent of the revenue from book sales for royalties owed to the author.

Cong demanded that Apple immediately remove the book from its App Store and pay Nhu a compensation of $100,000 plus royalties equal to 30 per cent of all revenues earned from book sales.

“If there is no response from Apple, we will send another letter from Nhu along with other authors and ask relevant central governmental agencies to coordinate with their US counterparts through diplomatic channels to handle the cases based on the Berne Convention, to which both Vietnam and the US are signatories.”

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Le Kieu Nhu presents her book Soi Xich

Back in March of 2010, actress, singer and author Le Kieu Nhu released her first book that was later met with harsh criticism for its depiction of crude sex and weak writing. The book was released by Hoi Nha Van (Writers’ Association), which ended up withdrawing its 2,000 copies a few days later with further publication ultimately suspended.

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Le Kieu Nhu presents her book Soi Xich

Back in March of 2010, actress, singer and author Le Kieu Nhu released her first book that was later met with harsh criticism for its depiction of crude sex and weak writing. The book was released by Hoi Nha Van (Writers’ Association), which ended up withdrawing its 2,000 copies a few days later with further publication ultimately suspended.

Since then, Nhu had dropped off the map of showbiz, only to later reemerge this year after recently discovering her once lambasted book has been sold without permission on Apple’s App Store for $29 since September of 2010.

“My lawyer in Vietnam has sent a request to Apple and if the company doesn’t respond, I will hire a lawyer in the US to work directly with the company,” Nhu said to magazine Vietweek.

“I don’t mind pursuing the case to the end.”

Her book, Soi Xich (The Chain) focuses on the life of a rural orphan girl who marries an older man that she sees to be the ideal husband for her. The man turns out to be impotent, and, unable to make love, ends up chaining up his new bride in their home. The story then goes on about the protagonist having an affair with a younger man. The book mainly explores the sex life shared with the protagonist and her love interests.

Nhu’s lawyer, Nguyen Thanh Cong of the East Law Firm in Ho Chi Minh City, said on Wednesday that he had sent out an official request regarding the case to Apple Inc. in California on July 8.

“Apple has clearly violated the Berne Convention and other relevant laws,” he said, also mentioning that he sent the request via email and express mail but the company has yet to respond.

Cong mentioned that Apple usually allots 30 per cent of the revenue from book sales for royalties owed to the author.

Cong demanded that Apple immediately remove the book from its App Store and pay Nhu a compensation of $100,000 plus royalties equal to 30 per cent of all revenues earned from book sales.

“If there is no response from Apple, we will send another letter from Nhu along with other authors and ask relevant central governmental agencies to coordinate with their US counterparts through diplomatic channels to handle the cases based on the Berne Convention, to which both Vietnam and the US are signatories.”

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