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Old 06-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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DoJ Has Received 150 Comments on E-book Case

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Explaining that it has received a “voluminous” amount of comments regarding the e-book price-fixing charges it filed against Apple and five publishers, the Department of Justice has asked Judge Denise Cote to allow the department to bypass print publication of the letters in the Federal Register in favor of posting them on the antitrust division Web site along with printing the address of the site in the Register. According to the DoJ, it has already received over 150 letters totaling about 200 pages and expects “a similar or greater” amount before the comment period expires on June 25

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Wonder who is writing. Also too, the public comment period ends on June 25, not June 12 as was first reported on this forum. There is still time to write!

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Here is the contact information for the DOJ officials working on the case:

John R. Read, Esq.
Chief, Litigation III Section
Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice
450 5th Street, NW, Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20530

You may also submit your comments attached in an email to john.read@usdoj.gov (with a copy to stephen.fairchild@usdoj.gov).

Please be sure to reference the name of the litigation in your comments. We suggest the following or similar reference: United States v. Apple, Inc. et al., No. 12-CV-2826(DLC) (S.D.N.Y.) – Comments on Proposed Final Judgment as to Defendants Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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So about 1 person in 2 million has commented on the case. Obviously a matter of great public interest .
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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150 letters is voluminous? Really? I admit I have no clue what kind of response these things have historically drawn, but still... it doesn't sound that... impressive? *shrugs*

Is that 150 unique letters? I mean, I hope they're not counting each and every "You guys are big fat meanies!!" as one comment.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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150 seems low with all the people saying they were commenting through http://support4settlement.wordpress.com/ on various forums/blogs/sites. Maybe they aren't counting those comments?? That or the people saying they were going to comment didn't actually do it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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150 comments is pretty high for your normal case. I would need to check with my friends who teach Judicial Politics but it is rare to have too many comments on the case.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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150 seems low with all the people saying they were commenting through http://support4settlement.wordpress.com/ on various forums/blogs/sites. Maybe they aren't counting those comments?? That or the people saying they were going to comment didn't actually do it.
I think they are only counting formal, signed letters written to the DOJ. The DOJ isn't monitoring anonymous comments on the Internet.

You can see an example HERE if you want a template for your own submission.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:19 PM   #7
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So about 1 person in 2 million has commented on the case. Obviously a matter of great public interest .
Yes, apparently so!

At least I was 1 of 150, does that make me the 99% or the 1% ?
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:23 PM   #8
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i don't think 150 is a low number. the fcc, tv and radio stations have taken actions based on mere handfuls of complaints so there is power in such things despite their relatively low numbers.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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Yes, apparently so!

At least I was 1 of 150, does that make me the 99% or the 1% ?
It makes you... What, .667%?

God, I'm terrible at math. This is MobileRead, not MobileMaths.
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It makes you... What, .667%?

God, I'm terrible at math. This is MobileRead, not MobileMaths.
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150 letters is voluminous? Really?
Yes.

This is not like sending a letter to your Senator, whose office is set up to handle large volumes of correspondence from the general public on a legislative issue.

They're more formal documents, like B&N and the Author's Guild telling the DoJ how the settlement is going to affect their business or constituencies.
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They're more formal documents, like B&N and the Author's Guild telling the DoJ how the settlement is going to affect their business or constituencies.
Gotcha. So why the push for everyone and their second cousin to send their "comments" to the address posted everywhere (including this thread) if formal letters from affected parties are going to be the only ones counted and collected?

And if they're not set up to handle large volumes of correspondence, how exactly are the DoJ limiting them to comments from formal affected parties only?

Are there special, super-secret-agent channels to navigate? Codewords? Handshakes? What?

Seriously, I know I sound facetious, but I'm truly curious. If they're really not equipped to handle correspondence in volume... then what was the process for weeding out the chaff from the oh-so-obviously-more-than-150-letters that have surely been sent their way?
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Gotcha. So why the push for everyone and their second cousin to send their "comments" to the address posted everywhere (including this thread) if formal letters from affected parties are going to be the only ones counted and collected?
There is no "push." It's a legal requirement for them to take comments from the public on the settlement.

All the PW article is saying is that the DoJ got so many comments that they don't want to incur the costs of printing it on paper, which would run $100k.


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And if they're not set up to handle large volumes of correspondence, how exactly are the DoJ limiting them to comments from formal affected parties only?
I didn't say the DoJ won't accept it.

I'm saying that compared to other antitrust settlements, this is a large volume of data. Unlike the email you send to your elected representative, it has to be distributed to many people as part of the process. Thus it makes sense they'd want to issue it electronically rather than on paper.

It should be on their website soon, so if you're truly curious to see who has sent what, you'll be able to see for yourself.
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I didn't say the DoJ won't accept it.

I'm saying that compared to other antitrust settlements, this is a large volume of data. Unlike the email you send to your elected representative, it has to be distributed to many people as part of the process. Thus it makes sense they'd want to issue it electronically rather than on paper.

It should be on their website soon, so if you're truly curious to see who has sent what, you'll be able to see for yourself.
Great. I look forward to seeing the number of comments they accepted/included from average readers who formally responded.
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My guess is that most of the comments are from book industry insiders, who unlike the typical person, have "skin in the game" . Most of those comments are going to be "anti-settlement" or to be more precise, are going to want the settlement terms to go easier on the publishers. The comments I've looked at so far seem VERY concerned about limiting Amazon's power .
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