Jury finds Apple not guilty of violating anti-trust laws

Jury finds Apple not guilty of violating anti-trust laws
Apple has been found not guilty of violating federal anti-trust laws in a trial that included video testimony from the late Steve Jobs. The plaintiffs complained that Apple had locked out all streaming music sites except for iTunes, on early models of the Apple iPod. At the same time, iPod competitors were locked out of iTunes. The bottom line, argued the plaintiffs, was artificially high prices for the iPod.

The plaintiffs had been seeking $350 million, which could have been tripled to over $1 billion based on anti-trust rules. The class-action suit included 8 million members who had purchased an iPod between September 2006 and the end of March in 2009. Ironically, the two named members of the class had to withdraw from the suit, when it was discovered that their iPod purchases were made outside of the accepted time period.

The eight-member jury said that the Apple iPod was a "genuine product improvement" that offered new features to consumers. Despite the unanimous verdict, the plaintiff's head attorney said that an appeal is being planned.

During the trial, Apple explained that it was forced to lock out competitors to iTunes because of the structure of the contracts it had with the record labels. During his video deposition, recorded months before his death, Jobs said, "We had pretty much black and white contracts with the labels."


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source: TheVerge

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65 Comments

1. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple is not guilty on many things ...

2. Busyboy unregistered

Nah that's BS. Apple probably paid em off to favour them

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

At the least there should be lawsuits now going after the record labels for supposedly forcing Apple to be anti-trust and anti-competitive

38. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

You nailed it

22. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not really, Apple don't need to showcase their financial power on the US soil, they ll get favored thete no matter what, just like when Obama took them off the hook a while ago.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I used to own a Ipod back then. When i give away my ipod. I check out my old itunes mp3 it came out blank when I try to play it. Typical greed of Apple. They won't even let u keep the song you purchase. Glad I have GOOGLE PLAY that let me keep my music that I Purchase. And I still have it.

40. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

here we go agin.... IF YOU WIN A TRIAL, YOU PAID THE JURY. what a pathetic comment. LOL!

46. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Have you seen a blind animal?? If not go home and see the mirror!!!

6. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple knows they can rely on the American court system and the starstruck juries. That's why they always request jury trials and never have the cases decided by a judge who actually understands the law.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Pay judge and jury with free iProducts not to mention for their wallets wit hmoney

29. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nah, they don't pay anyone off. They don't need to in the US. The RDF is still strong here. Most citizens believe that Apple is pioneering tap to pay.

31. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Even if no bribe is there. American Jury is badly biassed towards their own big companies especially Apple. China is much better in comparison.

9. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

what about nokia? time to time they steal nokia tech and lost in court

28. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

You suck TimCook :)

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is crap. Plain and simple. They were locking out other services, which is anti-trust and monopolization.

13. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

No it's not. If you don't want their services, you are free to shop elsewhere. I'm pretty sure you don't even know what the hell monopolization is. They weren't cornering any market, but fulfilling contractual obligations on THEIR devices. There were plenty other devices on the market at the time, which allowed people to do what they wanted to do (which is in truth, pirate music and simply move it onto their devices).

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I know what it is. Obviously you don`t. They were deleting music from sources not from itunes, eliminating all competition in the music market industry on the ipod. They were cornering a market (as a music distributor).There is no reason I just paid money for your product only to find out my music from another source doesn`t work. That is pure monopolization at its finest. Get rid of all the other middlemen, just have the market to themselves.

32. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And the simple reason why it does that is because the source of that music was never in itunes to begin with. They added the music themselves then built the index file to have the added music show up. Syncing with itunes is a one way street. You can't add anything any other way (officially) so once you sync it just rebuilt the index file with what was known in itunes. 3rd party added music then disappeared.

35. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

As it was rightfully so. It's like complaining that you're not allowed to put Android apps on your Windows Phone device. They're honoring contractual obligations with those who put their content into the respective app/media store. So to claim that somehow Apple had a monopoly is ludicrous. People always had different options of media players to purchase, and they had multiple avenues through which to purchase media for it. Be definition, that's not a monopoly, as there's competition with no single player cornering the market. Was the iPod priced less than competing mp3 players? Was iTunes music cheaper than competing media solutions? No. If either was yes, then that would be a monopoly, combined with the overwhelming number of iPods to non-iPods at the time. We would have had the government all over it (after all.. they'd make a quick buck), it it was so.

34. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Again, Mr/Mrs Ignorant. This was not a monopoly. A monopoly would be for example: Apple being the sole distributor of music, which isn't true, as there were multiple options for music purchases. Another example would be Apple being the sole personal media player supplier, which again, is false as there were many non-Apple devices one could purchase. Thus, there was no monopoly nor an attempt to create one. There were always other devices one could buy and other avenues through which they could purchase music. On top of this, Apple had to fulfill contractual obligations as a result, tight controls were put in place as to what music is allowed on the iTunes store. I don't see you b*tching about some shows not being available on Netflix, or some movies not being available on VUDU. This is each respective service maintaining contractual obligations and thus you can't simply add a different show to your Netflix collection as an example. If what Apple did was monopoly in your eyes, then EVERY company out there has a monopoly... which by definition, is impossible.

47. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

it isn`t rightfully so, because the iPod could play these files. Pure Android apps cannot run on WP, and visa versa. And as you said, the number of iPods to non-iPods was overwhelming at the time. That means an overwhelming amount of people could only buy music from iTunes. They cut out all the middlemen so they could be the sole distributor to people using iPods. Cornering the market for people with ipods to buy music. And since so many people had ipods, the other distributors could not stay open anymore, killing off all competition. This is vertical integration, which is completely illegal. It is no where near Netflix not having having a show. You know how much I would love for Naruto Shippuden to be on Netflix. But they aren`t deleting it off of hulu for having it exclusively for streaming. It is like buying an xbox or playstation and buying a game from target, only to learn that it won`t work. It is compatible with the console, and it is the exact same game,but since you didn`t buy it directly from them, you aren`t allowed to play it. Then, since gamestop only sells videogames, they go out of business, because of this new policy destroying competition. This is essentially what it is, and it is crap. I have music from three source on my WP, some from xbox music, some not from xbox music. My phone isn`t deleting the ones not from xbox music, so why is it okay for apple to do the exact same thing. And WP isn`t even the overwhelming majority.

4. KickRocks

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Did you really expect anything different. Apple is the "Golden Child" of the tech world.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rock on Apple! Now get me my sport edition AppleWatch ready.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Don`t "rock on apple". They ripped a bunch of people off, and they should get away with it! These people deserve their money back, as well as apple being fined. They need to learn monopolization is NOT okay.

12. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I don't think you understand what's been going on.

16. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

He doesn't. These anti-Apple fanboys have an emotional response everytime anyting Apple related pops up. They refuse to look at facts but instead let their emotions push on their unjustified hatred.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's a service that gives out free hugs. You should call em.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here. Apple needs to release that badboy to papa.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You know it bro

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