At close of ebook trial, Apple gains ground: what lies ahead
At the outset of a June trial that captivated the publishing world, Apple’s(s aapl) role in fixing ebook prices was nearly a foregone conclusion: Five publishers had already settled and the trial judge started the proceedings by saying the government could likely prove Apple had organized the whole thing.
Three weeks later, the situation looks somewhat different. Apple made a forceful argument that it brought competition to a market dominated by Amazon(s amzn) and, according an antitrust expert, forced the trial judge to rethink the foundation of the case. Here’s an easy-to-read Q&A about the case and what will happen next.
Why was Apple on trial in the first place?
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit claiming that Apple was the ringleader of a conspiracy among publishers to fix the price of ebooks. All of the publishers agreed to settle, pay fines and change their pricing systems. Apple held out
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