I still don't understand what Apple did to fix the price. Apple let the publishers set the price. Apple did not fix the price. Conspiracy is a word that DOJ and Cote used without really understand high tech.
This is not social activism. This is whether Apple broke the law. There is a lot of distrust of DOJ and DOJ appointed judge in this case. Apple should fight all the way to the Supreme Court! Do you know there is a reason for the existence of the Supreme Court? If Apple don't fight for the rightness how could it fight for the patents? For a true leader consistency is utterly important.
What harm does the monitor hurt Apple? I think the simple answer is Apple management is invloved in a lot of trade secret works. Allowing any outsider or even lower level employee to inquire the exectives of course will cause unforeseen harm.
Could the Court protect Apple on trade secrets? Of course not! A case in pint is the release by Samsung counsel of Apple licensing agreement with Nokia. Even after Apple filed complaint. The Court choose not to publish...
First, then Apple can be sued for the App Store too. Second, does Amazon negotiate with the publishers one at a time? Why is this needed? For most goods the manufacturers sell to the retailers at a discount to MSRP. The retailers then set a price to sell. Apple's model is fundamentally the same as this. Only that Apple decided to mark up at 30%. So Apple is not legal. The DOJ and the judge is all screwed up in their brain.