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Apple may face antitrust regulators

#1  Postby Mike_L » Mar 13, 2012 7:37 am

Apple's market size may attract scrutiny
2012-03-12

San Francisco - In everything it does, from product design to business deals, Apple strives for as much control as possible. But as the world's most valuable company sets out to define and dominate the rapidly evolving markets it created with the iPhone and the iPad, Apple is likely to face antitrust regulators who want to curb its power.

Apple's clout is coming under scrutiny as the US Justice Department considers filing a lawsuit against the company and five US publishers on allegations they orchestrated a price-fixing scheme on electronic books. The involved parties are trying to avoid a high-profile court battle by negotiating a settlement, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper broke the news last week about the government's plans to allege that Apple and the publishers tried to thwart e-book discounts offered by Amazon.com and drive up prices since the 2010 release of the iPad.
"I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Apple," says Ted Henneberry, an antitrust attorney for the Orrick law firm in Washington.
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Re: Apple may face antitrust regulators

#2  Postby Wuffy » Mar 13, 2012 7:58 am

Well, I wonder if they will do the same for album and movie(DVD etc..) prices?
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#3  Postby Mike_L » Mar 13, 2012 8:13 am

Here's the article from the Wall Street Journal... more detail on the ebook price-fixing allegations...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203961204577267831767489216.html
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#4  Postby THWOTH » Mar 13, 2012 8:44 am

So, Apple are trying to do a Microsoft eh? How innovative of them.
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#5  Postby mattthomas » Mar 13, 2012 10:48 am

Wuffy wrote:Well, I wonder if they will do the same for album and movie(DVD etc..) prices?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/fa ... d393348978
Total cost of the series from itunes - $50.83
Cost of the DVD from amazon - $28.40

They're well ahead of you ;)
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#6  Postby Admiral Valdemar » Mar 13, 2012 9:32 pm

mattwilson wrote:
Wuffy wrote:Well, I wonder if they will do the same for album and movie(DVD etc..) prices?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/fa ... d393348978
Total cost of the series from itunes - $50.83
Cost of the DVD from amazon - $28.40

They're well ahead of you ;)


Somewhat disingenuous, since you're comparing DVD to HD digital format, but I otherwise welcome anything bringing down prices for e-books or other media given the publishers sure aren't embracing new technologies well.
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#7  Postby Jumbo » Mar 14, 2012 9:42 am

I'm not surprised about this one bit. Its a big corporation like many others and does its business in the way that most others do. Some practices good others questionable like everyone else.

One thing puzzles me though. Microsoft got hammered under anti trust laws etc because it included IE with Windows and thus made competition fr browsers very hard. How is Apple allowed to bundle Safari with OSX in the same jurisdictions?
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