Judge finds Apple guilty in e-book price fixing lawsuit

By on July 10, 2013, 12:15 PM

A federal judge on Wednesday found Apple guilty of conspiring to raise the retail price of e-books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote issued a 160-page document outlining the ruling and said a trial for damages will soon follow. The decision is being described as a win for U.S. government and various states which stand to receive injunctive relief.

Cote wrote in her ruling that at the end of the day, there is very little dispute about many of the most material facts in the case.

Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr persists that Cupertino did not fix e-book pricing. When Apple launched the iBookstore in 2010, it gave customers more choices and injected innovation and competition into the market. This, Neumayr said, broke Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. He concluded that Apple will continue to fight the false accusations and will appeal the judge’s decision.

The U.S. Department of Justice and state governments argued that Apple acted as a ringmaster of sorts in an effort to get book publishers to raise the rates of e-books. The goal was to change the overall business model and push Amazon from its throne as the market king.

All of the publishers involved in the case – Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster – have already settled but Apple decided to stick it out and fight until the very end as Cupertino insisted they could not admit being guilty of something they didn’t do.




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howzz1854 said:

Maybe this time they can say "our customers have chosen the higher price".

1 person liked this | spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

You made one billion dollars illegally? One million dollar fine.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You made one billion dollars illegally? One million dollar fine.
Not quite worthy of classifying it as a penalty is it?

A slap on the wrist to pacify both parties, while the consumer is the one getting shafted. But yet the consumer doesn't seem to mind or they wouldn't have made the billion to split between them.

1 person liked this | Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Everyone else is guilty of everything... but Apple is guilty of nothing... ever. fantasy land.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Amazon wanted to charge $9.99 for the books. Publishers wanted more, and worked out a deal with Apple to fix the price up to $14.99. And the publishers stopped selling book to Amazon and went with Apple exclusive. Sounds like a price fixing agreement to me.

coppersloane coppersloane said:

What do the Apple fanboys have to say about their innocent Apple Inc. now?

3 people like this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

What do the Apple fanboys have to say about their innocent Apple Inc. now?
I sincerely doubt you'd be able to get one to pry his head out of his a** long enough to ask him about it.

SalaSSin said:

What do the Apple fanboys have to say about their innocent Apple Inc. now?
I sincerely doubt you'd be able to get one to pry his head out of his a** long enough to ask him about it.

You sir, made me spit my morning coffee all over my screen. I salute you!

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Maybe next time Apple will demand a judge who is also an Apple fanboy.

Tygerstrike said:

Busted once means every bit of dirty laundry that Apple has commited is going to come to light. I cant wait for the media circus!!! Now that Apple has been shown to actually be flawed, ppl will start ratting Apple out so fast! It will be glorious!!!

When Apple is finally shown to be the "Dastardly Villian" that they have been accused of, will we see the fanboys come back to reality??

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

When Apple is finally shown to be the "Dastardly Villian" that they have been accused of, will we see the fanboys come back to reality??
"There is only one true path, my faith is strong!"

lol

Sadly though the same can be said for all sides of the fence.

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