Professor Jonathan Askin spoke to Tech News World about a suit filed by the Department of Justice against Apple and six other e-book publishers for antitrust violations. If the case is settled, retailers would set their own prices for e-books, while publishers would be banned from discussing pricing with competitors for five years.
With regard to the suit, Professor Askin stated, "If the consumer owns Apple hardware, that consumer is largely beholden to Apple software, Apple applications, Apple e-books, and Apple pricing. Market dominance and control over the hardware gives Apple inordinate control over the software and its pricing.”
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