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Apple and e-book publishers offer proposed settlement with EU

Companies hope to end EU’s antitrust investigation

Apple Inc. and several publishers have offered the European Union (EU) a settlement to end an ongoing investigation into the companies’ possible antitrust violations with regard to e-books.

According to the proposed settlement, Apple and publishers Simon & Schuster, News Corp. unit HarperCollins, French group Lagardere SCA's Hachette Livre and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, which owns Macmillan in Germany—all of which are targets in the EU’s antitrust investigation—will allow and other retailers to sell e-books at a discount. Another publisher, Pearson Plc's Penguin group, is part of the EU’s investigation but is not a party in the proposed settlement. Under this agreement, Apple will take a percentage of e-book prices that the publishers set.


Cathleen Flahardy

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