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08-09-2013, 11:56 AM #1
DOJ Says Apple Conspired with Publishers... Again
You read that headline correctly.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday, while Apple was waiting to learn of its punishment stemming from the recent high-profile antitrust case, the iDevice maker did it again.
Like a sad sequel, the company allegedly conspired with publishers to mount concerted opposition to the DOJ's efforts.
Ahead of that conference, Apple argued for a stay, and the DOJ argued that the publishers have “banded together once again.”
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.”
08-09-2013, 12:04 PM #2
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.
08-09-2013, 12:25 PM #3
08-09-2013, 03:22 PM #4
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08-09-2013, 03:32 PM #5
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.
08-09-2013, 04:03 PM #6
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.
08-09-2013, 05:06 PM #7
08-09-2013, 05:55 PM #8
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.
08-09-2013, 07:12 PM #9
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.