France takes Apple and Google to court for stiffing iOS and Android developers

France takes Apple and Google to court for stiffing iOS and Android developers
Leave it to the EU to fine those capitalistic pigs Apple and Google billions for offshoring taxes, and to France in particular to stand for the little developer guy. We kid, but after Google was sentenced to a $2.7 billion fine for search priorities, and Apple set aside $14 billion for eventual tax evasion levies, now France is taking both tech giants to court for "abusive trade practices," when it comes to the third-party developers who are actually populating the App Store and Google Play.

There isn't much detailed info about the case yet, but, in a nutshell, France claims that Apple and Google have formed veritable monopolies over their app stores, which should be serving the public good, given that almost anyone with a pulse and cash now owns either an iPhone or an Android handset. 

The mobile OS holders will be sued because they unilaterally decide on the commission they take, the contract terms, and the eventual changes to both that developers are forced to swallow hook, line and sinker, without any negotiating power whatsoever. While that's how it's been since the introduction of the app stores, Apple earned $11 billion in commissions from theirs last year alone, so the stakes are much higher now. 

As per the Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire "I will therefore be taking Google and Apple to the Paris commercial court for abusive trade practices. As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do." If Apple spins off its App Store it would be in the Fortune 100 of the world's most valuable companies, which might explain why France is pissed about payouts to developers.


source: Reuters

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4 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Good thing I’m not politician I don’t have to worry about it. I think It is good to have this kind of comsumer protection from the government. However Over regulation will also stiff competition and company start to move else where like Asia and NA. And if not regulate right cooperation getting greedy and become monopoly then thing getting more and more expensive.

2. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Why do some folks always use government regulation as excuses for corporate abuse. Let's look what has happened to Europe. Europe lost the mobile race, then they watched all the big tech companies decimated a ton of local businesses. Those local businesses used to pay taxes which those municipalities no longer get. To make matters worst, all those tech companies pay as little to no taxes at all. The past 10-12 years have seen a massive wealth/power transfer from Europe to the US. China was not affected by it, because they did not let foreign companies to come in and extract all the values from their citizens then bounce by paying little to no taxes. China made sure to give their local businesses an edge. Its the reason none of the big tech companies are thriving there, and China and its citizens are better for it. Europe is now trying to put the genie back in the battle, but I am afraid it is too late for that.

3. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

France is the worst country to live atm & even more if u happen to drive a car & fatal if u happen to drive a lot! It's their government which are dictators forcing any new laws on their people who can't contest these laws. Just take a look at the newly introduced road fines France is worse than communist countries where at least the latter's people are used to such things France & EU bunch of hypocrites

4. PEGJG

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Whaaaat ? Dictatorship judged by road fines, and you're the one bragging about hypocrits ??

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