Agency Pricing Settlement: Higher prices on the way?

By libertyc
September 10, 2012 // 15 Comments

An article over at Paid Content proposes an interesting theory: That the recent Department of Justice ruling on the agency pricing issue could actually lead to higher book prices—not lower. This seems inexplicable at first: Only three of the Big Six publishers were named in the ruling, but the [...]

Three Publishers Settle with 49 States

By libertyc
August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek seems to have been one of the first publications to report that 54 attorneys general in (49 states and five American territories) have collectively reached a $69 million antitrust settlement with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster [...]

DOJ compares Apple to Big Oil

By libertyc
August 23, 2012 // 5 Comments

For those of you who might be trying desperately to keep up with the Department of Justice’s ebooks case, but are nevertheless finding yourselves falling behind (or falling asleep, even, every time you attempt to plow through another dry-as-tree-bark news report), I’d suggest this [...]

Crain’s New York Business profiles Tor DRM-free e-book store plans

By libertyc
June 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Crain’s New York Business has a profile of Tor’s plan for a DRM-free e-book store. (The article is paywalled, but you can read it via Google News search.) It summarizes the situation with the DoJ antitrust lawsuit, and points to that suit and the success of the DRM-free Harry Potter e-book [...]

DOJ Lawsuit Update: Where Windowing Becomes Important, by Jane Litte

By libertyc
May 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

Introduction There are two major updates in the DOJ lawsuit.  An additional 17 states have sued the publishers and Apple.  Judge Denise Cote’s filed a denial of Apple, Penguin, and Macmillan’s motion to dismiss.  You may want to read the Primer here if you haven’t already before going [...]

Sometimes I get it right – I predicted the DoJ antitrust case!

By Paul Biba
April 29, 2012 // 2 Comments

I don’t toot my own horn on TeleRead, and as a matter of fact generally don’t even make any comments, because I feel the blog should not be about me.  However, I was going through some old stuff over the weekend and I found someting I had forgotten about and that made me proud.  In an [...]

The Department of Justice vs. eBooks II

By Rich Adin
April 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

As I noted in the first part of this article (see The Department of Justice vs. eBooks I), the settlement proposed by the DOJ raises a lot of issues but doesn’t attack the central premise that agency pricing is okay. I mentioned in part I that publishers could raise the list/wholesale prices of [...]

What to expect when you’re expecting a publisher/DoJ settlement

By libertyc
April 17, 2012 // 5 Comments

On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen has written a handy little guide to the implications of the DoJ-imposed settlement terms for readers. She discusses the effects that readers can expect to see as the settlement takes effect, sometime after the comment period ends in June. Readers will see the most [...]

Explanation of the Settlement between DOJ Hachette, Harper Collins and S&S and What Happens Next, by Jane Litte

By libertyc
April 12, 2012 // 7 Comments

The DOJ filed suit against five publishers (Penguin, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster) on April 11, 2012.  The DOJ then immediately filed a notice of settlement and a request for approval of the settlement.  A judge assigned to this case will then either approve the [...]

Full text of the proposed ebook price-fixing settlement agreement

By Paul Biba
April 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

For an excellent summary of the agreement see Tim Carmody’s Wired article here.     Competitive Impact [...]

DoJ files suit against Apple and 5 publishers; Statement by Macmillan's John Sargent

By Paul Biba
April 11, 2012 // 15 Comments

According to Blomberg, the DoJ has filed an anti-trust suit against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in the New York Federal District Court.  The suit alleges collusion in ebook pricing. The article doesn’t say much more, as all parties have denied [...]

Authors Guild response to DoJ ebook investigation – they don't like it and prefer the status quo

By Paul Biba
March 9, 2012 // 13 Comments

It’s best just to quote the letter: Letter from Scott Gurow:  Grim News Dear member, Yesterday’s reports that the Justice Department may be near filing an antitrust lawsuit against five large trade book publishers and Apple is grim news for everyone who cherishes a rich literary culture. [...]

The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law?

By libertyc
December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

There is a good analysis of the current legal difficulties of publishers in paidContent.  Much more in the article: It’s been a week to forget for publishers after both the Justice Department and the European Commission announced investigations into e-book pricing tactics. Meanwhile, dozens of [...]

US Justice Department and FTC looking into Apple’s subscription service; EU monitoring as well

By libertyc
February 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department, through its antitrust division, is looking into Apples terms for media companies who want to sell subscriptions on Apple devices. Evidently the investigation is in a preliminary stage and it might, or might not, end in the Department [...]

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