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From very early reports that are dripping in it appears that the Judge in the eBook rates case that included Apple has reached a judgment, and for Apple and its fans, it’s not a great one. The Judge, Denise Cote, ruled that Apple did conspire with leading publishers to increase the price of eBooks, and even more so, has actually asked for a damages trial to come next. Judge Cote states, ‘the Plaintiffs have actually revealed not just by a preponderance of the evidence but with compelling direct and circumstantial proof that Apple participated in and assisted in a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy theory.’ Though the choice has actually been reached it appears that Apple is not really preparing to just kick back and take it.
If you’ve actually not been following the case, all 5 major publishers, Hachette, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, and Penguin (now with Random House), all chose to settle their case with the government before the trial started … leaving Apple as the only accused to go to trial, with testimony of execs from Apple, publishers, and Amazon. In the end, the Judge concluded that Apple was in the wrong. However, Apple is not really planning to leave the decision alone.
The iBookstore was introduced in 2010, and according to an Apple spokesperson, ‘gave consumers more selection, injecting much required innovation and competitors into the marketplace, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. We have done absolutely nothing wrong and will appeal the judge’s choice.’
What do you think? Should Apple have simply worked out long before the trial like the major publishers? Should they take the judgement or appeal? Do you think they have done something wrong? Let’s know in the remarks!