Originally Posted by Ben Thornton
is interesting. It says a number of things:
1. It calls the agency model "Apple's" rather than the publishers'
2. It includes a claim by Hachette that the Agency model is legal in the EU
3. It confirms Amazon's stance that it is not using this model in the UK and is seeking to be the cheapest
Presumably, Amazon's strategy is to use this to put pressure on the pricing within the agency model (and perhaps the model itself)?
I don't know about the rest of the EU, but the "agency model" has been in effect in France, by law, since the 1980's. Maybe he says it's legal in the EU because the French law hasn't been challenged by the European authorities. But the laws would be different in every country anyway.