“The United States Department of Justice has described Apple’s defense against allegations that it conspired to illegally fix e-book prices ‘unconvincing’ and ‘untethered from both precedent and logic,'” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“Evidently, Apple feels much the same way about the DOJ’s charges,” Paczkowski reports. “In an 81-page April 26 filing that was made public today, Apple pointedly denied federal prosecutors’ accusations, saying the discussions they’ve painted as collusion were simply tough business negotiations and that their end result — an ‘agency’ e-book pricing model where publishers, not retailers, set prices — made the e-book market more competitive, not less.”

Paczkowski reports, “‘Apple did not conspire to fix e-book prices,”’ the company said in its filing. ‘The evidence proves that Apple acted independently, to further its own legitimate business goals, in negotiating agency agreements with the publishers to enter the e-book market.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Killing real competition for the appearance of competition is just plain stupid.

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