“Apple goes on trial today, Monday June 3rd for allegedly conspiring with five book publishers in regards to price fixing e-book publications,” Jack Taylor reports for VR-Zone. “The case is United States v. Apple Inc et al, and filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-02826.”

“The Justice department claims that the price fixing conspiracy began in 2009 and just before Apple introduced their first iPad. The accusations state that Apple was interested in creating their own on-line e-bookstore, but at that time, which was 2009, Amazon was raking in 90% of all e-books that were sold,” Taylor reports. “Taking advice from two publishing groups, which were HarperCollins and Hachette, Apple entered into the market with the cooperation from the five major publishers who all agreed to give them a cut from the price increases on the publications.”

Taylor reports, “Apple contends that their entry into the e-book market has been only positive and has made the market more competitive along with bringing e-book prices down, which is a benefit to consumers.”

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“Apple’s e-book antitrust trial began Monday and it quickly became clear that the case will revolve around Eddy Cue — Steve Jobs’ point man in the negotiations with publishers that the Department of Justice claims was an illegal conspiracy to raise the price of e-books — [Cue is scheduled to testify on June 13th],” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Apple’s opening statement — once its lead attorney, Orin Snyder, got through asking the judge to ‘hit the delete’ button on the opinion she offered at a pre-trial hearing that the government had already proved its case — tried to pull the rug out from under everything the DOJ had just presented,” P.E.D. reports. “Cue, Snyder claims, was just trying to break into a crowded e-book market (one dominated by Amazon) using precisely the same approach he used when he got the company into the music market with iTunes and the applications market with the App Store. Those innovation poured billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, he said. ‘Apple should be applauded, not condemned.'”

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