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Chinese novelist Mian Mian sues for piracy – by Google

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.

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Chinese novelist Mian Mian is seen waiting in a Shanghai taxi in this 2005 file photo.

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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.

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