9 Replies Latest reply on Jun 23, 2010 9:20 PM by Linda54660

    Texas AG Probing Agency Model, Apple

      The following was reported on Publishers Lunch this afternoon. Very interesting....

       

       
      Texas Attorney General Probes Agency Model and Apple
      As reported in May, Apple is said to be the target of one potential Federal Trade Commission inquiry into their new requirements for software developers building apps for the iPhone operating system, and a second antitrust inquiry from the Department of Justice over their online music business. At least a few publishing eyebrows were raised last week when the NYT reported that "investigators had asked in particular about recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released."

      Now Publishers Lunch has learned from multiple sources familiar with the inquiries that the anti-trust division of the Texas Attorney General's office has been engaged in its own preliminary questioning in our business that appears to focus on pricing practices for ebooks and Apple's entrance into the market in particular. Spokesperson for the AG's press office Tom Kelley would only tell us that "our long-standing policy is that we do not acknowledge investigations of any kind."

      According to those with knowledge of the department's civil investigative demands (or CID, their request for documents and other information), the queries began in early to mid-April within days of the launch of Apple's iPad and iBookstore, and the transition by five book publishers to an agency model for selling ebooks to their accounts.
      Posted on June 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM
        • Re: Texas AG Probing Agency Model, Apple

          Just think, if they could make it a criminal offense, the death penalty would be pushed by some. :smileywink:

           

          There must have been a lot of complaints to the AG, Texas is such a pro-business state that you usually don't see much of this.  I would really expect this from California long before I saw it in Texas.

           

          But hey, I'm proud of them!

            • Re: Texas AG Probing Agency Model, Apple

               

              FrogAlum wrote:

              There must have been a lot of complaints to the AG, Texas is such a pro-business state that you usually don't see much of this.  I would really expect this from California long before I saw it in Texas.

               

              But hey, I'm proud of them!

               

               

              @FrogAlum

               

              I dunno, Frog -- those politicians of yours in La-La-Land really seem to love them their Steve Jobs. :smileywink:  Not sure that they'd investigate him for a hit and run in his own driveway.

               

              But hey, any AG in any state, or in all the states, that's willing investigate the Agency Model Conspiracy has my best wishes.  Every success to them!

               

               

            • Re: Texas AG Probing Agency Model, Apple
              RichardM

              Someone has to have their information wrong - (this is said with tongue firmly in cheek)  - because right now our lawmakers are too busy trying to ensure that Baylor has a place in the "new" Pac-10 to worry about consumers being screwed on eBook prices.  I mean, we have to have our priorities straight! :smileywink: 

              • Re: Texas AG Probing Agency Model, Apple
                RichardM

                Now see..aren't you glad I changed the topic of this thread from a boring old book discussion :smileywink:to a discussion about football? :smileyvery-happy: