July 14, 2013

Apple was found guilty of conspiring with publishers

The court in the United States recognized the Apple corporation guilty of conspiring with various publishers to drive up the price of electronic books. A company representative Tom Neumayr said Apple would appeal against the decision and will fight the charges of this kind.

At the same time, publishers are accused of conspiring with the computer giant, has already pleaded guilty. This Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. They agreed to pay compensation for the distortion of competition. The amount of compensation they have to pay, ranging from $ 26 million to $ 75 million

Recall that in April this year, the U.S. Justice Department and 15 states sued Apple Inc. and major publishers, claiming that they have entered into price fixing in the market of electronic books. The authorities suspected that the company received an additional $ 100 million over the past two years, adding $ 2 or $ 3, sometimes $ 5 to the cost of each e-book.

The head of the U.S. antitrust agencies Charisse Posen said that the heads of publishers trying to force Amazon.com - seller of e-books - to raise the price to $ 9.99 for the most popular e-books, because it would have been significantly lower than the prices in hardcover.

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