DOJ Could Sue Apple As Soon As Today Over E-Books, Works to Settle With 5 Publishers
April 11, 2012 9:15 AM
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Apple is not part of the settlement talks with DOJ
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could
sue Apple this week
over allegations regarding raised prices of e-books via an agency sales model.
Last December, the European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into whether five international e-book publishers had been partaking in anticompetitive practices with the help of Apple and its e-book store iBooks. The five e-book publishers include
Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing France), Harper Collins (News Corp., U.S.A.), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., U.S.A.), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany).
Traditionally, publishers sell physical books to retailers for about half of the cover price, which is considered a wholesale model. Retailers then had the ability to sell those books to customers for a lower price if they wanted to.
But when e-books came along, this model was challenged. Amazon started selling best sellers for as low as $9.99 to encourage its Kindle e-reader sales. Publishers were not happy.
Apple then came along
, and publishers began to worry that it would take over the book industry the way Apple's iTunes took over the music industry, where customers would choose to purchase cheap, digital books instead of physical books.
However, Apple struck a deal with publishers in 2010. An agency model was implemented, where publishers were allowed to set the price of a book and Apple would take a 30 percent cut. The only restriction was that publishers were not allowed to let rivals sell the same book at a lower price.
This model helped Apple because its original iPad launch occurred in 2010, which was coupled with iBooks. To assure a successful launch of the device, DOJ believes Apple cut the agency model deal with publishers, which turned out to be an anticompetitive move.
After the European Commission opened an investigation of this agreement, DOJ climbed aboard as well. After looking further into the situation,
DOJ threatened Apple and the five publishers with a lawsuit
just last month for allegedly conspiring to raise prices, which violates federal antitrust laws.
Now, DOJ may sue Apple as soon as today while still working to reach a potential settlement with the five publishers, according to
. Nothing has been set in stone, but DOJ does plan to pursue Apple.
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RE: Stupid is as stupid does
4/11/2012 12:10:26 PM
Can you provide me a specific example/clause in the TOS of an eBook retailer that explicitly denies your ability to make an unencrypted backup copy of your eBooks?
RE: Stupid is as stupid does
4/11/2012 2:16:26 PM
Why don't you show me in the TOS of any e-book retailer how they would address these issues for me (copied from my own post a little farther down):
I can resell it if I want to. Can I resell an e-book?
I can gift it to someone. Donate it to the library.
Can I do that with an e-book?
Can the retailer come to my house and take back a real book that I'd bought from them, the way Amazon electronically deleted the e-book 1984 from people's devices after having sold it to them?
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