updated 06:00 pm EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
Would've given Apple time to appeal DoJ penalties
Judge Denise Cote has denied an Apple request to temporarily stay her ruling stemming from a trial over e-book price fixing, the Associated Press reports. Had the stay gone through, it would've given Apple time to appeal settlement terms proposed by the US Department of Justice. In July, Cote found that Apple had conspired with five major book publishers -- Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster -- to artificially inflate e-book prices and undermine Amazon, which in 2009 was selling Kindle titles at a standard price of just $10.
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Apple has previously called the Doj's terms "draconian and punitive." The company may not only have to allow links to rival bookstores within apps, but cancel current iBookstore deals with the implicated publishers, and obey a five-year moratorium on new ones. It may even have to avoid agreements with providers of music, movies, TV and other content "that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple's competitor retailers may sell that content."