Apple submits filing insisting Amazon is the monopolist and Apple helped foster competition
May 25, 2012 | 11:17 pm
Ars Technica reports that Apple has made a 31-page filing (PDF) regarding the Department of Justice’s antitrust proceedings against it and publishers Macmillan and Penguin, the only two of the “agency five” not to settle. Apple’s filing is about what we might have expected from the corporation—it insists that Amazon was the monopolist, Apple negotiated the agreements with publishers separately and individually, and furthermore that agency pricing has not harmed consumers.
Apple also insists that it didn’t have anything to do with Amazon’s decision to adopt agency pricing: "Apple is not privy to Amazon’s motivations when it adopted the agency model, but enabling entry and introducing new competition, which is all Apple did, cannot be a violation of the antitrust laws."
That Apple is taking this stance is hardly a surprise; it’s already said much the same things in public statements. And considering how much money it has in the bank, Apple is in a great position to defend itself in court to the bitter end.
I wish the preliminaries would get over with. I want to see what happens when the courtroom maneuvering actually starts.