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E-book case judge seeks competition, not Apple punishment

The judge who found Apple guilty of fixing e-book prices doesn’t want the government’s proposed remedies to drastically affect Apple’s business, reports the Associated Press. “I want this injunction to rest as lightly as possible on how Apple runs its business,” U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said. Cote believes any provisions that would affect the App Store — such as allowing third party apps to link to their own e-bookstores — are unnecessary. “The App store (sic) was only an incidental part of this trial,” she said. Cote also said she would likely limit the authority of a monitor that would be assigned to prevent antitrust behavior at Apple. A trial to determine damages is still set for May 2014.

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The fact remains that Apple wouldn’t even be in the eBook market in any substantive manner if not for their collusion with publishers. Had Apple needed, as Amazon and others, to purchase units as though they were physical copies, negotiating a wholesale price, paying ahead of time, and then pricing them in a manner to compete with other distributors, all while steadfastly insisting upon their non-friendly consumer terms (it wasn’t until June 2013 you could read an iBook even on a Mac - and all other computing platforms are still SOL), it’s inconceivable that the iBook store would have been particularly successful in an already crowded market where everyone else bends over backward to accommodate their customers.

As such, it’s disheartening to see the degree the judge and DOJ are going out of their way to use kid gloves in their treatment of Apple in this case.

Only in this country can you engage in a global price fixing conspiracy that injures the little guys for billions of dollars and instead of being banned from the market you so heavily manipulated and damaged, instead of being forced to pay back every person who bought an eBook between 2010-2013 the price difference they had to pay because of the price fixing, and instead of seeing the executives and lawyers who engineered the conspiracy in jail where they belong, instead you get to publicly throw tantrums about how unfair it is and wind up with the judge all but apologizing, yeesh.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM (CDT)

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