U.S. antitrust settlement with e-book publishers should be approved, feds say

“A U.S. antitrust settlement with e- book publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins should be approved by a judge, lawyers for the federal government said in a court filing,” David Glovin reports for Bloomberg.

“Under the settlement, the three companies agreed to cancel contracts with electronic-book sellers that allowed publishers to set prices,” Glovin reports. “Claims by the U.S., 15 states and Puerto Rico are pending against Apple Inc. and other companies.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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  1. hmm, is it possible the the gov’ts attorneys are rushing to have the settlement approved because Apple may be doing better in court and there is increasing political pressure for the DOJ to back off?

      1. If Apple prevails, will these agreements be negated or will they still be enforced? I’m not sure these agreements with the DoJ would be negated even if Apple wins a court case.

        The DoJ agreements with the publishers could be held to be enforceable regardless of the outcome with Apple and the other publishers. The publishers who signed these agreements would probably have to go to court to get them overturned, and if they aren’t willing to fight now, they probably won’t be willing to fight later.

        Hell… I’m not even sure that Apple will win. Fighting the government is usually a no-win scenario.

    1. When and where was such a “principle” ever established? As someone who has worked in the publishing field for twenty years, not once did I ever hear or read of that principle.

      And who determines what is “fair”?

  2. Doesn’t say much for these cowardly publishers that don’t have the strength of their convictions. Makes them look guilty as charged. At the very least they could hold back until Apple’s day in court with the Dept. Of Jactitation.

    1. The key word in your statement is “first”. The states just jumped into legal proceedings as soon as they heard the feds were investigating.

      Something they are wont to do… usually as soon as they smell money in the water.

  3. MacDailyNews Take: “The U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.”

    No, they are crooks! Just read up a bit on the “Fast & Furious” gun smuggling case. Holder is now in contempt of Congress for withholding documents.

  4. So if the publisher is not supposed to set the price, then who does? How does it work with B&N, and local book stores?

    Tipically the price of the book is printed on the inner flap or back cover of the book. If the book sits around too long, or the retailer is willing to take a smaller cut, they can discount the book.

    Is that what the Feds want? The retailer or Apple to take a smaller cut and offer discounts? It seems the App Store is working fine as an agency model and no one is complaining.

    I don’t really understand what is being requested or was was wrong.

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