Apple's E-Book Price-Fixing Punishment Is ... No More Price-Fixing

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A federal judge forbids Apple to limit e-book pricing in publisher agreements, but it can still hobble rivals in its App Store.

After finding Apple guilty of plotting with five leading publishers to fix prices on ebooks, a federal judge has slapped the company with an injunction that forbids Apple to restrict e-book prices in its agreements with major publishers.

Apple, however, will retain control over the operation of its app store. Prosecutors wanted to force Apple to open up its iOS to e-book rivals such as Amazon by allowing competitors to direct users to their own stores from their iOS apps. Judge Denise Coty declined to take that recommendation.