quote: As a result, the DOJ and 33 U.S. states and territories devised a list of solutions to punish Apple. These included that Apple be banned from entering anti-competitive e-book distribution contracts for five years; end its business models with the five publishers it conspired with; use an outside monitor to make sure that its antitrust policies are effective, and allow retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to provide links to their options for two years.
quote: The court found that Apple’s illegal conduct deprived consumers of the benefits of e-book price competition and forced them to pay substantially higher prices (price fixing is always illegal) and to refrain for five years from entering new e-book distribution contracts which would restrain Apple from competing on price (Apple cannot set its own prices in the iTunes store, or whatever it is Apple sells books from, for five years) Under the department’s proposed remedy, Apple will be prohibited from again serving as a conduit of information among the conspiring publishers or from retaliating against publishers for refusing to sell e-books on agency terms. (price fixing and collusion are always illegal) Apple will also be prohibited from entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, music, movies, television shows or other content that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple’s competitor retailers may sell that content. (Apple can sell a $10 book for $15 if it wants to, after five years, but it can't force publishers to raise Amazon or Barnes & Nobles's price to $15. )