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The judge presiding over a government antitrust case against Apple's iBookstore has ruled that CEO Tim Cook must testify in the case.

The ruling of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote means Cook will testify with the Justice Department for four hours, according to Reuters. Cote's ruling aligns with the wishes of government prosecutors, who argued that Cook likely has relevant information about Apple's entry into the e-books market.

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Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs introduces iBooks iPad app and partner publishers in 2010. | Source: Apple


The government has already deposed 11 other executives at Apple, prompting the company to call the desire to involve Cook "cumulative and duplicative."

Cote said his decision was greatly inspired by the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Because Jobs is no longer alive, the government is "entitled to take testimony from high-level executives."

Apple was originally targeted in the antitrust suit along with a number of book publishers. But those companies settled with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid a trial, leaving Apple as the lone holdout.

The publishers, along with Apple, are accused of collusion in raising e-book prices. Apple offered publishers the ability to set their own prices on its iBookstore through the so-called "agency model."

The deal marked a change from Amazon's low-margin wholesale model, which lets retailers buy content in bulk and sell it at or below cost. Apple and publishers favored the agency model because it gave the publishers the ability to set their own prices and control what an e-book should cost.

For its part, Apple has denied the charges of collusion. But the company and its publishing partners did relent and allow retailers like Amazon to set their own e-book prices.
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What a waste of time. This suit is also fucking ridiculous.
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...The government has already deposed 11 other executives at Apple...

 

So, the 11 others didn't get you anywhere, so, lets continue our fishing expedition.

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Funny how oil companies get away with price fixing everyday, but when Apple sets up a store where publishers set the price and Apple takes a cut, it is viewed as price fixing. I guess Apple doesn't spend enough paying off (lobbying) politicians.
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Funny how oil companies get away with price fixing everyday, but when Apple sets up a store where publishers set the price and Apple takes a cut, it is viewed as price fixing. I guess Apple doesn't spend enough paying off (lobbying) politicians.

 

All I know is that it is much cheaper to buy kindle books now than it was before this investigation started. I win.
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Funny how the telecoms and ISPs get away with price fixing everyday…

 

Indeed (trying to keep it in-industry).

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