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Second Circuit Affirms District Court Ruling Against Apple in E-Books Price-Fixing Suit, Creating Potential Circuit Split

On June 30, 2015, in a 2-to-1 ruling, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment in United States v. Apple, Inc. that Apple and five of the largest book publishers in the U.S. entered into a per se illegal...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

EU Competition Commissioner Unveils Investigation into Amazon, Continuing Probe into the Tech Giants

On Thursday, the European Commissioner for Competition announced a formal investigation into whether Amazon, the largest distributor of e-books in Europe, has abused its dominance in the market for e-books. The investigation...more

Amendments to Japan METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more

Second Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Apple E-Book Appeal

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral argument in Apple’s appeal in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. This appeal follows an adverse decision from...more

HarperCollins Publishers LLC v. Open Road Integrated Media LLP - USDC, S.D. New York, November 6, 2014

HarperCollins Publishers LLC v. Open Road Integrated Media LLP - USDC, S.D. New York, November 6, 2014: District court grants publisher’s motion for permanent injunction to enjoin defendant from publishing e-book...more

Court Rules Against Georgia State University in E-Reserves Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in the Georgia State e-reserves copyright case on October 17, 2014. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded to the District Court...more

No Harm, No Foul in Apple E-Book Notice Screw Up

In mid-September, class notices went out in the ongoing Apple E-books class action lawsuit that might have momentarily had Apple’s attorneys a little concerned. Over three million potential members of the class received...more

VAT Alert: K Oy (C-219/13)

Under EU VAT law, EU Member States may, at their discretion, apply a reduced rate of VAT to books produced on "…all physical means of support". The term "all physical means of support" has generally been interpreted to...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Comments Requested on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions, FTC Settles Section 5 Claim Against...

Sentencing Commission Requests and Receives Comments on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions - The U.S. Sentencing Commission is currently seeking public comments on sentencing for price fixing, bid rigging and market...more

The customer’s always right – how new UK consumer regulations will affect online digital content providers

On 13 June 2014, the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) will come into force and affect any UK businesses selling to consumers. The Regulations,...more

Dispatches from the E-Book Wars

Apple’s e-book fortunes in the Southern District of New York darkened and then brightened this past week as Judge Denise Cote denied Apple’s request to stay its upcoming damages trial and plaintiffs’ class notification. Later...more

The Apple Monitorship: Airing Dirty Laundry

I am married to a lovely Sicilian-born woman. One thing her family has taught me – the value of family loyalty and love. That same principle does not apply when it comes to the relationship between the Apple Monitor...more

Fear and Trebling: E-Book Class Action Takes a(nother) Bite out of Apple

The legal drama continues for Apple, Inc., as the tech giant recently suffered another in a string of significant legal setbacks in the e-book antitrust saga in the Southern District of New York. Last month, Judge Denise...more

Public Lending Right Scheme Consultation

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a consultation seeking opinions from stakeholders on the practical effects of the proposed changes to the Public Lending Right Scheme (the “PLRS“). ...more

FCC Issues Temporary ACS Waiver to E-Readers

In an Order released on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (Coalition) a temporary waiver (until Jan. 28, 2014) of its rule requiring advanced communications...more

What You Should Know About Electronic Subscriptions and Copyright Law: A Best Practices Guide

Increasingly, printed matter is being made available via the Internet in electronic form, and both publishers and readers alike are starting to prefer an online format over the printed hardcopy format. One example is...more

Court Finds That Apple’s E-Book Market Entry Plan Violates The Sherman Act

After a three-week bench trial, the court has ruled that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

JDB 032: How to Use eBooks to Market Your Law Practice

In today’s episode of the JDBlogger Podcast I discuss how to use ebooks to not only market your practice but create a product that you can actually sell through Amazon, the Apple Store, and Barnes and Noble. ...more

The Apple Decision: Lessons Taken

On July 10, 2013, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Apple Inc. committed a per se illegal violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act when it instigated and...more

Court Finds No Digital Re-Sale Right for iTunes Music

One reason to buy physical books and music CDs rather than Kindle books and iTunes files is that when you own a physical copy of the book or music CD, you can lend it to friends. You could also, if you chose, sell your copy....more

A Book on Books: SDNY Issues 160-Page Opinion Declaring that Apple Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by Conspiring to Raise...

On July 10, 2013, 15 months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its suit against Apple Inc. (Apple) and five major publishers for allegedly conspiring to raise e-book prices and end e-book retailers’ freedom to...more

Apple Found Liable of Conspiracy to Fix Prices in E-books Case

On July 10, 2013, Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York handed down an opinion and order finding that Apple had violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by persuading five leading publishers jointly to abandon...more

U.S. v. Apple Inc et al

Copy of District Court Ruling that Apple Conspired to Raise E-Book Prices

On July 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple conspired with five publishers to raise the price of e-books when it introduced the iBookstore in 2010. Here’s a full-text copy of her ruling (embed code...more

IRS Addresses Whether Publisher Is “Producer” Under §199

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice, the IRS National Office concluded that a publisher’s activities in producing an “electronic” version of books that were “printed” by a third party did not constitute qualifying...more

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