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  • DOJ Says Apple Conspired with Publishers... Again


    You read that headline correctly.

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, while Apple was waiting to learn of its punishment stemming from the outcome of the recent high-profile antitrust case, the iDevice maker did it again.

    Like a bad sequel, the company allegedly conspired with publishers to mount concerted opposition to the DOJ's efforts.

    Originally Posted by :
    Ahead of that conference, Apple argued for a stay, and the DOJ argued that the publishers have “banded together once again.”
    By the DOJ's reasoning, Apple's encouragement or solicitation of support among publishers is tantamount to Apple "conspiring" with publishers.

    DOJ attorney Lawrence Buterman says "a necessary component of this Court’s decision finding Apple liable for horizontal price-fixing is that the publishers themselves were engaged in a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy…[There] is reason to believe the Publisher Defendants may be positioning themselves to pick things back up where they left off as soon as their two-year clocks run."

    The DOJ's legal eagle asserts that "the very fact that the Publisher Defendants have banded together once again, this time to jointly oppose two provisions in the Proposed Final Judgment that they believe could result in lower ebook prices for consumers, only highlights why it is necessary to ensure that Apple (and hopefully other retailers) can discount ebooks and compete on retail price for as long as possible.”

    Source: Gigaom
    This article was originally published in forum thread: DOJ Says Apple Conspired with Publishers... Again started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      This is so dumb, it's based on assumption from the government and no real fact. It's not enforcement of laws, it's a witch hunt.
    1. ads1230's Avatar
      ads1230 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      This is so dumb, it's based on assumption from the government and no real fact. It's not enforcement of laws, it's a witch hunt.
      Just what I was thinking. They've targeted apple and want to make an example of them.

      Unless they do have evidence from PRISM but they cant really tell anyone that now can they!
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      This is so dumb, it's based on assumption from the government and no real fact. It's not enforcement of laws, it's a witch hunt.
      jesus, apple can do no wrong., weather its price fixing, not paying taxes, appealing lawsuits they rightfully lost while simultaneously wanting a ban on the competition. throw in using 3rd world sweat shops and overpriced chargers.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I don't understand this. It sounds like the publishers are trying to go along with Apple. What's the problem? Consumers? Are they affected that much? Looks to me like iBooks have been reasonably priced. I don't get it.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      They are really hammering away at Apple on this one. I've never seen such harsh treatment over price-fixing ever.

      when the LCd makers like Samsung and LG got busted they get a “don’t do that any more” a relatively small fine, and are sent on their way to continue price-fixing, which is why they have been busted multiple times.

      I’m not sure why Apple is getting treated so differently.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      I’m not sure why Apple is getting treated so differently.
      Obama owes his presidency to worker unions - Apple is the wealthiest company in the world, and non-union. Obama wants that money.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      jesus, apple can do no wrong., weather its price fixing, not paying taxes, appealing lawsuits they rightfully lost while simultaneously wanting a ban on the competition. throw in using 3rd world sweat shops and overpriced chargers.
      Didn't say anything about not price-fixing, troll.

      Just saying assumption have no place in law, there is something called "evidence" but they are simply assuming that Apple asked the publishers to stick up for them. If they just said 'we will not lessen the punishment' it would be one thing, but accusing someone of something you have no proof of is another.
    1. NakkiNyan's Avatar
      NakkiNyan -
      Why just Apple, why are the publishers not in court too? Obviously publishers went along with it because the margin is so high so they should be in trouble too.