Category Archives: Antitrust

German Publishers Lose Antitrust Complaint Against Google

google-is-evil-300x270-1314103412[1]German publishers suffered a major defeat last week in their campaign to force Google to pay for the use of their snippets.

In addition to filing a copyright complaint which demanded 11% of Google’s revenues, in June 2014 a coalition of German publishers also filed an antitrust complaint against Google. That complaint was rejected last Friday by the Bundeskartellamt, the German Federal Cartel Office, which said in a statement (here, in German) that the German publishers had not offered sufficient basis to justify an investigation.
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Judge Cote Orders Mediation in Latest eBook Antitrust Lawsuit

14135683605_a5650500d5_b[1]The antitrust lawsuits brought by 3 ebook retailers took an unexpected turn on Thursday when Judge Denise Cote ordered the 3 plaintiffs to enter into mediation with the Price Fix 6 to settle claims that Apple and 5 US publishers had conspired in 2010 to raise and fix ebook prices.

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Publishers (Again) Object to Apple Antitrust Ruling

481654727_978e2e9dd3_b[1]Last week US publishers demonstrated that old adage that insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.

Publishers Weekly reports that the agency publishers which were part of the 2010 price fixing conspiracy and then settled the antitrust lawsuit out of court are once again objecting to the agreement between Apple and the DOJ. Continue reading

German Publishers File Antitrust Complaint Against Google over Ad Revenues, Snippets

360505392_69557c287d_o[1]When German publishers filed a copyright licensing complaint against Google last week, I pointed out that the publishers had a weak case in their demands that Google pay them 11% of its revenues.

They had already given Google permission to use their snippets and links for free, thus rendering any demands for payment moot. Apparently the publishers saw that flaw in their case as well, and they have taken steps to repair it. Continue reading

Apple Reaches Settlement on eBook Antitrust Lawsuit

110619784_190162d261_o[1]According to a new court document filed on Monday, Apple has reached a settlement in the antitrust lawsuits brought by state attorneys general and consumers over ebook price fixing.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we do know that the damages trial has been indefinitely postponed. Continue reading

Judge Cote Green-Lights Price-Fixing Lawsuit Filed by Retailers

13.05.15-DoJvsApple[1]Judge Denise Cote breathed life into another antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five publishers today.

Dnaml was the first of several retailers to file a lawsuit against Apple and the 5 publishers, and it will also be the first to go to trial. In a 22-page ruling, Judge Cote ruled that the Australian ebook company had met the minimum requirements to have its day in court. Continue reading

Getting Things Straight: eBooks May Indeed be an Influence in the Amazon-Hachette Dispute

2844902161_f66b8f9bdf_b[1]Here’s an interesting complication in the 8 month old Hachette-Amazon contract dispute that seems to have tripped up some in the press.

A few days ago Michael Cader, writing over at Publishers Lunch, set the record straight on some background details concerning Amazon, Hachette, and the latter’s antitrust settlement from 2012. Unfortunately, in trying to set the record straight Cader may have also introduced an error of his own. Continue reading