Regulators Eye Apple Anew: Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition
Posted in: Government & Policy at 18/02/2011 20:51
U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission's interest in Apple's new subscription service is at a preliminary stage, and might not develop into either a formal investigation or any action against the company. But it comes as Apple has attracted growing antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe.
Pressure mounts over Apple's 30% subscription charge
Pressure is mounting on Apple over subscription charges it plans to levy on some mobile content.
The company wants a 30% cut of payments for newspapers and other publications downloaded to its devices.
Anti-trust regulators in the US and Europe are reportedly poised to investigate the new pricing model.