Originally Posted by Caleb666
I know that this thread mostly deals with the price-fixing thing, but the quote above also shows you how evil the whole concept of a centralized app store is. That is a clear example of Apple blocking someone's app for no good reason (I wonder if this violates their own app publishing license agreement?).
Apple had better be careful with that App store because using Appstore access as a tool to force people to deal with other parts of their business is very close to the classic "tying" antitrust behavior.
So far its just a sleazy negotiating tactic with would be partners but if they try it on anybody who might be legally-speaking a consumer, they'd be in a world of trouble.
It is also close to classic racketeering but since close only counts in horsehoes and hand grenades they only have to deal with collusion charges, so far.
They really shouldn't be pushing their luck right now; unless the DOJ settlement requires them to divest the iBooks operation (not impossible) they really need to settle his before more of their dirty deeds get out in the open. Once those things come out in federal court they become fair game for civil trials. And deep pockets attract ambulance chaser like roadkill attracts flies.
The longer this goes on, the bigger a target they become.