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American justice tackles the price of eBooks

American justice tackles the price of eBooks

The American justice intends to be closely involved in the price of eBooks and makes this known to the main interested parties. Apple and five other companies are in the crosshairs of the justice department, which suspects them of an illegal agreement on the price of eBooks. Very serious charges which could have direct effects on the conditions of use of the various services concerned.

The American justice department suspects Apple, Simon & Schuster, Lagardere Hachette, Pearson, Macmillan and HarperCollins of having agreed on the sale price of eBooks. The American justice intends to launch an investigation to verify if its fears are founded. In addition, she accuses Apple of preventing the sale of eBooks at rates higher than those charged on her store. The procedure is unlikely to be legal and could lead the US courts to take action against Apple. Some changes to the conditions of use of the services involved in these declarations are therefore expected in the coming weeks / months.

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(Source: WSJ)