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.
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.
According to PW: Continue reading
Judge Denise Cote gave her preliminary approval on Friday for the $450 million settlement of claims that Apple had harmed consumers by conspiring with five US trade publishers to raise and fix the prices of ebooks in the US market. Continue reading
It looks like the antitrust complaint that a German book industry trade group filed against Amazon last month could be bearing unexpected fruit.
Bloomberg is reporting that the European Commission wants details: Continue reading
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
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
It looks like Amazon’s rough negotiating tactics have finally caught up with the retailer.
The Bookseller reported today that Börsenverein, the German book industry trade group, has filed an antitrust complaint against Amazon with Bundeskartellamt Beschwerde, the German Federal Cartel Office. Continue reading
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 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
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