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  • Judge Finds Apple GUILTY of Conspiring to Raise eBook Prices


    The verdict is in.... and Apple is guilty.

    This morning, a federal judge ruled that the Cupertino, California-based tech behemoth did, indeed, conspire with five major publishers in order to raise the retail prices of e-books.

    U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found "compelling evidence" that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a "central role" in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.
    According to Reuters, the decision could expose Apple to "substantial damages."

    All told, Apple's loss is a victory for the U.S. Department of Justice and the 33 U.S. states and territories that brought the civil antitrust case against the Mac maker.

    "Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so," Cote said in a 159-page decision. "Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did."

    "This result is a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically," Bill Baer, head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, subsequently stated. "This decision by the court is a critical step in undoing the harm caused by Apple's illegal actions."

    Apple, we're told, plans to appeal.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Judge Finds Apple GUILTY of Conspiring to Raise eBook Prices started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Uh oh
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Everyone knows Apple is guilty even Apple knows it is guilty, appealing is just wasting time and money of people who pays taxes (another jab at Apple).
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Everyone knows Apple is guilty even Apple knows it is guilty, appealing is just wasting time and money of people who pays taxes (another jab at Apple).
      another crack smoking judge that has a hard on for Apple !
    1. brownlace's Avatar
      brownlace -
      smh. damn shame.
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      Yah good for us, we continue to go after American Companies. Good job, in the meantime Samdung copies and gets away with it and the US apauds them and US consumers support them. Morons.
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      Yah good for us, we continue to go after American Companies. Good job, in the meantime Samdung copies and gets away with it and the US apauds them and US consumers support them. Morons.
      And what has apple done to promote innovation in design in the last 4 years?
    1. ninja279's Avatar
      ninja279 -
      This was just a quick way for states to shore up their budgets by going after what was then the richest company in the world
    1. LithePanther's Avatar
      LithePanther -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninja279 View Post
      This was just a quick way for states to shore up their budgets by going after what was then the richest company in the world
      still is
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Yep, saw this coming from eight miles away. They obviously price-fixed.

      Now Apple has to be taken to task for price-fixing the apps on the App Store.
    1. Quiet_Guy_'s Avatar
      Quiet_Guy_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      And what has apple done to promote innovation in design in the last 4 years?
      Yeah that's true, they haven't done as much innovation throughout these past years. Apple needs to kick things up, we all know apple can make some great innovations
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      Yah good for us, we continue to go after American Companies. Good job, in the meantime Samdung copies and gets away with it and the US apauds them and US consumers support them. Morons.
      American company that keeps money off shore and pays 2% tax.
      American company that sends work to China to have everything made.
      American company that stops innovation by lawsuit, square shape with rounded corners? Really?

      Quote Originally Posted by ninja279 View Post
      This was just a quick way for states to shore up their budgets by going after what was then the richest company in the world
      In this particular case not at all, Apple's price fixing actually makes U.S. government more money.
      And yes it is good for us because consumer do not have to pay hardcover book prices on something that is digitally transmitted with very little in cost compare to actual books. I've seen price for digital books cost less before Apple and significantly higher after Apple's price fixing.
      As to people who says publishers being strong armed into lower their price by Amazon, guess what? If you don't like it you can stop selling their books on Amazon!! Only sell your books on Apple and bookstores!
      I've not bought 1 eBook since Apple started selling eBooks, and I will not buy another eBook until I see the eBooks I like prices is significantly lower than print.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      American company that stops innovation by lawsuit, square shape with rounded corners? Really?
      Really?

    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Yeah really! We are talking about a shape!!!
      Did Apple invent square shape with rounded corners?
      No! Because they were on plenty of other phones out there before Apple iPhone, try looking searching for LG Prada that came before iPhone.
      Here is picture of inadmissable evidence because "it was submitted too late" during the original court hearing.
      Attachment 644591