Apple’s E-Book Price-Fixing Punishment Is … No More Price-Fixing

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.

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