We have to defend our price fixing cartel
Apple is going to trial to defend Steve Jobs' decision to shaft his users by forcing up the price of ebooks by doing a deal with the publishers.
Department of Justice last week accused Apple and five publishers of colluding to break up Amazon.com's low-cost dominance of the digital book market. MacMillan and Penguin have took a similar stance in the first hearing in Manhattan federal court.
Apple lawyer, Daniel Floyd, told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the case was inappropriate. What we guess he means is how dare anyone say that Steve Jobs was morally wrong to do something and how can the forces of law question his judgement.
The judge scheduled the next hearing for June 22. The government said the price-fixing took place in early 2010 as Apple was introducing its iPad. E-book prices went up an average of $2 to $3 in a three-day period in early 2010. Jobs admitted the cunning plan in his biography. The European Commission is also probing Apple and publishers in a similar antitrust probe. However in the EU it seems that Apple are attempting to settle.