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Apple: DOJ trying to ‘reverse engineer’ e-book conspiracy

Accused of conspiring with publishers to fix e-book prices, Apple claimed in its opening court statement that the government is trying to “reverse engineer a conspiracy from a market effect.” The case is a “sinister inference,” said Apple attorney Orin Snyder, maintaining that the company did not conspire with any publishers, and that “every single indicator of market health improved after Apple entered the e-book market.” Snyder also expressed concern over recent comments from presiding U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, who suggested that the government would likely be able to prove a conspiracy was in place. [via All Things D]

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No, Apple is trying retconn actual history. Those of us who follow publishing knew the fix was in even before their iBooks store opened.

It wasn’t like the publishing industry hadn’t been trying to get this sort of cartel price fixing in action before, but they needed a willing participant with enough eBook distribution clout to make it happen with everyone. Apple was that VERY willing participant knowing that signing onto such an anti-consumer, anti-competitive clause gave their redundant and locked down distribution channel exactly what it needed to survive: the removal of all price competition.

Kind of amazed Apple is still sticking with their emperor’s new clothes defense. They knew exactly what they were doing, and the publishers knew exactly what they were doing (which is why the majority already settled, which makes Apple’s continued crocodile tears and hand wringing all the more ridiculous).

Posted by Code Monkey on June 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM (CDT)

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