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Apple says DOJ e-book remedies biased toward Amazon

Apple has responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s revised remedies in the e-book price-fixing case, claiming that the proposed remedy is biased in favor of Amazon. Apple said in a court filing, “Plaintiffs are seeking a remedy that would give Amazon significant competitive advantage over Apple — an advantage it is neither entitled to nor deserves.” According to a report, Apple is “vehemently opposed” to Amazon and others providing links from e-book apps to their own bookstores without paying Apple. The company also takes issue with the proposal of an external monitor, and is still seeking new remedies from the DOJ. Apple and the DOJ are scheduled to meet in court today. [via AllThingsD]

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I really need some of what Apple’s lawyers are smoking.

Their *only* penalty is that they are forbidden to do the same thing that they were busted for again, and only for a period of half a decade.

So, evidently in the hallucinatory realm where Apple’s eBook division lives, having to compete with the superior distributors (you know, better prices, better terms for consumers, better platform availability, better user reviews, etc., etc.) is unfair and biased toward those superior distributors.

So, instead of whining like my children about “fairness” in regards to things that have nothing to do with fairness, how about Apple do what they should have done to begin with: Not only make hardware people want to use, but make an eBook distribution system that people want to use in lieu of the competition. Right now there is Sony, B&N, Kobo, and, yes, Amazon, and every one of them offers a much more attractive eBook ecosystem for consumers.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM (CDT)

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