Andrea Giannaccari

E-books and publishing agreements in the digital Eden: is Apple the fruit of sin?

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Keywords: e-books, competition law, antitrust law, resale price maintenance, agency model, horizontal practices, vertical restraints.

The article analyses the e-books history, scrutinizing the main changes that have occurred in the traditional publishing industry and paying attention to the elements that characterize the new market. In this perspective, it is thus assessed the Us and European antitrust case concerning the agreements reached by Apple and the major international media groups, according to the allegations aimed at achieving the coordination on the pricing schemes in the sale of electronic books as to oppose the discounting practices adopted by the dominant player in the market: Amazon. Who is the winner?

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