“imposed on the tech company after it was accused of conspiring to raise the price of e-books.”
“The case was a bitter one, given that the alleged price-fixing represented efforts by publishers and Apple”
Apple was found guilty. The price fixing is actual not alleged. See: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jul/10/apple-guilty-ebook-prices-trial
Good point. It would be different if they had settled.
I’m late to the party here, but I won’t be surprised if the judge gives Apple a good hard slap for this. Refusing to pay the monitor is pretty classic contempt of court.
Refusing to pay the monitor is pretty classic contempt of court.
Yeah-- the law says that the lord has the right to use your lands for a year and a day. It is treason to suggest that using your home as a trash incinerator and burning it down in the process, is, in any way, out of line.
Within the first two weeks after his appointment, Bromwich had billed $138,432.40, fueling Apple’s allegation that Bromwich had jumped the gun to maximize a commercial opportunity.
Apple breaks the law, is disappointed to discover this involves being punished. World’s richest crybaby.
Their latest moves against Spotify show that this sort of monitoring is exactly what is needed. A criminal does not get to choose their punishment.
Of course, the publishers did settle, but that doesn’t mean they were any less guilty, factually speaking. Apple didn’t collude with itself.
Alas, the poor, poor publishers. You don’t get to mistreat e-books for fifteen years in the interest of protecting your existing market, and then break the law to try to “fix” things when someone comes along, sees the potential new market you’re ignoring, and proceeds to make it real and then eat your lunch. It doesn’t work like that, no matter how much you might want it to.
And poor Apple. You don’t get to take advantage of someone else’s moral weakness to let you kneecap a competitor in a market you weren’t even interested in until, like, five minutes ago, and then try to blame it all on them because you’ve got more money to hire expensive lawyers than they do. It doesn’t work that way, either.
Like the little red hen of the children’s story, Amazon actually put in the time, effort, and ingenuity to make this stuff work while everyone else was sitting on their hands. Now they think they should get their own chunk of the loaf when they didn’t do anything to make it possible? Let 'em work for it the same as Amazon did.
Apple killed the ebook Market…
Apple has failed in a bid to rid itself of a court-appointed monitor, imposed on the tech company after it was accused of conspiring to raise the price of e-books.
Michael Bromwich’s $1000-an-hour job is…
Hands up all those, who didn’t go “…wait, what?” at this point.
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