Apple rejects U.S. DOJ’s proposed e-book penalties as ‘a draconian and punitive intrusion’

“Apple quickly responded to a proposed e-book price fixing settlement from the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday, declaring the suggested penalties ‘wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing or potential harm,'” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The company behind the iBookstore lashed out at the proposed injunction as a ‘draconian and punitive intrusion’ into its business, asserting that the penalties imposed would potentially affect Apple’s business relationships with ‘thousands of partners across several markets,'” Hughes reports. “‘Plaintiffs’ overreaching proposal would establish a vague new compliance regime — applicable only to Apple — with intrusive oversight lasting for ten years, going far beyond the legal issues in this case, injuring competition and consumers, and violating basic principles of fairness and due process,’ Apple wrote in a court filing. ‘The resulting cost of this relief — not only in dollars but also lost opportunities for American businesses and consumers — would be vast.'”

Hughes reports, “Apple has already appealed the ruling made by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Denise Cote and Lucy Koh should pool their resources and see if that’ll help them find a clue.

A dozen fused ganglia have to be better than just six apiece, right?

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28 Comments

    1. MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack, July 10, 2013

      As the post-PC world continues to diminish the use of crappy Windows PCs, which run a so-called operating system from Microsoft, a company that seemingly couldn’t wait to jump into bed with the NSA for whatever benefits that would offer, the conspiracy-minded could easily see why malware-prone Android phones and tablets are being pushed so hard to the ignorati worldwide through unending “Buy One, Get X Free” promotions, myriad slanted reviews that falsely equate Android devices with Apple products, and why lawsuits over blatant patent infringement are stalled in U.S. and other U.S.-allied nations’ courts for many years, while (and so that) Android takes hold as the world’s dominant OS in terms of unit share; get it in as many hands as possible.

      But, of course, that would be crazy talk.

      Read more: Google has already inserted some U.S. NSA code into Android

    2. If this is the case, Apple should go on offense all-out against this and make it VERY public that Apple is standing up to this corrupt Administration and the thugs at NSA and not allow this to remain private. See if the public likes the government spying on them and ignoring the constitution. If this is really true it will rapidly vaporize any public good will that Google has amassed that they so thoroughly rolled over for the NSA and inserted code into Android, and Apple would not allow it. You could watch Android marketshare dive bomb, not only in the US but in many markets in the world as the word got out.

      1. I hope that Apple has not allowed the NSA in the door. I was very skeptical with the PRISM news, but maybe all this current trouble is good. It shows the terrorist NSA and terrorist US government using its corrupt ways to hurt Apple. Maybe they want full remote control of the future iWatch and full access to all hardware and data of Apple customers. This US terrorism against Apple makes me think Apple is resisting. Hopefully I’m right and Apple doesn’t sell out ever.

  1. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, etc….. are having trouble competing with Apple due to Apple’s strong ecosystem. Their solution is to use their lobbying powers to get the government to destroy the ecosystem. This action by the DOJ clearly has nothing to do with what is good for the American people, it is an action to benefit the Corporations that grease the palms of political entities. This is working directly against the interests of the people, and for the corporate puppeteers.

    1. No Gold Duster. I’d rather have Apple NOT pull the self-destructive tactics of the Corporate Oligarchy scum. Emulating the enemy is NOT a path to success. It’s just a path to SOS (same old shite) mediocrity.

  2. Finall,y someone willing to stand up to the draconian and intrusive DOJ. Maybe they will inspire more companies to stand up to, not only the DOJ, but the IRS too. These entities are without shame in their heavy-handed dealings with American companies and could careless what we the people think about it. Go Apple!

        1. And that somehow obviates Memetech’s assertion? Did you read Mcman’s post? I personally have a thick skin and I am generally able to shrug off the asinine comments of fools. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize racism when I see (or read) it.

          1. ‘kenyan’ is not a racist word, though the word ‘thug’ does connote a certain group of people in what used to be called ‘the ghetto’; that does not mean the choice of words is not apropos.

            it seems to me that you protest too much with the charge of racism and makes me question the demons hidden in your own holier-than-thou heart. personally, i have zero doubt that you are well acquainted with racism.

            it was a passable attempt at distracting the focus from the topic at hand, upon which you chose not to comment. given your politics, this is hardly surprising; this is a tactic you use often, as i have observed.

  3. Denise Cote and Lucy Koh couldn’t make it in the business world that they are trying to destroy. Academia and the law are two ways for losers to hide and get benefits.

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