justice department

The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars

By libertyc
January 14, 2013 // 22 Comments

After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the [...]

Some publishers more willing to settle with DOJ than others over e-book pricing

By libertyc
April 7, 2012 // 5 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has some further news on the putative e-book pricing settlement in the US Justice Department and European Commission joint anti-trust investigation of the “Agency Five” publishers plus Apple. Anonymous sources have told the Journal that three publishers are inclined to [...]

Plaintiffs in class-action agency pricing lawsuit contend direct proof not necessary to prove conspiracy

By libertyc
April 3, 2012 // 2 Comments

Does proving a conspiracy require hard evidence? PaidContent reports that plaintiffs who have filed suit against Apple and the major publishers who implemented agency pricing say in their latest filing that indirect evidence of price jumps and other “plus factors” are all that is necessary, [...]

Justice Department publisher anti-trust investigation proceeds toward settlement

By libertyc
April 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

Reuters has a report from a couple of anonymous tipsters close to the Justice Department talks with Apple and the major publishers regarding the antitrust investigation into agency pricing. According to Reuters’s sources, the negotiations may be within weeks of reaching a settlement. The [...]

Departing Justice Department head anti-trust enforcer has harsh words for colluding businesses

By libertyc
March 27, 2012 // 1 Comment

Although she did not mention any companies or business sectors explicitly, it is hard not to see departing Justice Department antitrust chief Sharis Pozen’s harsh words as aimed at the publishers and Apple who are under investigation for allegedly colluding on e-book pricing: "Competitors [...]

US Justice Department threatens publishers, and Apple, over ebook pricing collusion, says WSJ

By Paul Biba
March 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting, but I can’t find anything else about it, at least so far.  Here’s what the Journal says: The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to [...]

Barnes & Noble slide show accuses Microsoft of Android patent bullying, seeks Justice Dept investigation

By libertyc
November 9, 2011 // 1 Comment

Earlier this year, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble for patent infringement over its use of Android in the Nook Color. (I somehow missed this when it happened, so didn’t know about it when I posted this article more recently about Microsoft’s Android patent licensing deals.) But this week, an [...]

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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