Publishers Object to Proposed DOJ Punishment for Apple in E-Book Case
Five publishers have lined up and filed objections with the Department of Justice regarding their proposed punishment for Apple in the recent anti-trust iBookstore case.
The ruling found Apple guilty of fixing e-book prices and ultimately forcing the customer to pay higher prices. Apple claims these accusations are simply not true and have indicated they will be appealing the decision.
In a court filing Wednesday afternoon, the publishers said that the U.S. Department of Justice’s demands on Apple would eliminate the use of the “agency model” for the sale and distribution of e-books for a period of five years, by prohibiting Apple from entering such agreements.
The DOJs proposed punishment would force Apple to terminate agreements with five publishers, provide for a court-appointed external monitor, and allow competitors to provide links from their e-book apps to their e-bookstore.
The publishers claim that the provisions of the proposal would actually punish them instead of Apple.