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Restrictions Placed On Apple e-Book Publishing

Restrictions Placed On Apple e-Book Publishing

Apple have had restrictions imposed on their ability to make agreements with e-book publishers by a US judge to prevent it fixing the price of e-books.

Back in July it was reported that apple had conspired to control the price of e-books with other publishers and today, a US judge has imposed restrictions on any further agreements that apple make with publishers.

One of the new stipulations is that an external monitor will now be employed to check that the new rules are being followed and Apple have been banned from entering agreements with the five publishers it originally agreed prices with.

The Department of justice spokesperson said in a statement to the press;

“We’re pleased that the court has issued an order supporting the Department of Justice’s efforts to address Apple’s illegal price fixing conduct,”

Consumers will continue to benefit from lower e-books prices as a result of the department’s enforcement action to restore competition in this important industry.

By appointing an external monitor to ensure future compliance with the antitrust laws, the court has helped protect consumers from further misconduct by Apple.”

Apple were found to have encouraged the pricing of some e-books by entering into an agreement to fix the prices and put pressure on rival company Amazon who were charging less.

The publishers were Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck – which does business as Macmillan, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster


SourceBBC

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