No more misconduct from Apple e-books

An external monitor will be in place for the next two years to make sure Apple complies with the court's orders. Also the judge excluded other things the government had suggested to do against Apple. A judge has ordered Apple to change its agreements with book publishers and hire an external monitor to make sure they follow the judges orders. Bill Baer, assistant attorney general of the DOJ's antitrust division, said "By appointing an external monitor to ensure future compliance with the antitrust laws, the court has helped protect consumers from further misconduct by Apple."

The court can also make the injunction longer if necessary. Apple and DOJ must meet to try and agree on an external monitor. The judge also ruled out the other remedies the government had suggested like; allow e-book rivals, such as Amazon, to provide direct links to their stores on iOS apps without paying Apple fees. Apple still wants to appeal the injunction, because they don't plan to fix the e-book pricing. Along with the monitor, the judge prohibited Apple from enforcing or entering into any e-book price-matching agreements or enter agreements with any publisher involved in the suit. The DOJ accused Apple of making deals with publishers to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to between $12.99 and $16.99 for new titles. This seems to be a problem for Apple and trying to make things fair between competitors.

Brandon Teragawa
Brandon Teragawa