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Last month I mentioned the rumors that the Department of Justice was preparing to file antitrust charges against Apple and five publishers regarding "agency pricing," wherein publishers set a specific price for an ebook and the retailer receives a certain percentage of that price. (Author royalties are paid on cover price in a similar manner.) Yesterday the hammer fell.
In the ebook conspiracy case against Apple, the company will need to prove it negotiated pricing arrangements separately with each of the five publishers named in the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit, avoiding group gatherings.