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The Supreme Court is hearing a landmark antitrust case against Apple's App Store

By Greg S
Nov 26, 2018
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  1. Apple is officially off to the Supreme Court today to fight an antitrust case that claims the App Store operates as a monopoly. After years of ongoing litigation between developers and Apple, the lack of clarity regarding how entities can control their digital platforms will be forever changed.

    The case of Apple v. Pepper narrowly avoided being thrown out because existing antitrust laws may only apply to the App Store if consumers are considered direct purchasers. One federal judge from Oakland, California had previously ruled that consumers are not directly buying from developers and that the higher fees being paid were the fault of developers, not Apple's 30 percent fee for using the App Store.

    Going to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Apple was classified as a distributor of apps that are sold directly to consumers, giving developers the right to bring suit against the company under antitrust laws.

    Today marks the beginning of a legal battle that will determine the extent of control that can be exerted over a global product platform. Apple's routine sales of tens of millions of iPhones and billions in App Store revenue certainly point to the idea that developers are being gouged on sales fees.

    More than 30 state attorney generals have backed Pepper in the case, notably including support from both Texas and California. Apple has said that a ruling against the company could be a threat to the entire e-commerce industry and would open the doors for consumers to file dozens of suits against other businesses.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,062   +1,319

    With the money & "power" (ie: lobbyist), regardless of what the circus courts say,
    I'll bet their "walled garden" continues, or, at the very least, they will "allow" apps
    outside of Apple, as long as they have the "right" to check the app (and figure a
    way to make one just like it).
  3. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 91   +55

    It is a monopoly, and the court should rule against Apple.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,695   +4,033

    If Apple looses it could (hopefully) open the door for a whole slew of anti-trust cases against the big boys .... something that is terribly needed ..... the sooner the better!

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