The U.S. Justice Department has suggested in a court filing that Apple’s punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices should be halved from 10 years to 5 years. This injunction blocks Apple from entering deals with publishers in order to limit price competition.
This proposal includes a chance to seek one-year extension if it is warranted. The court filing also proposes renegotiating Apple’s contracts with publishers.
The Justice Department made the modifications due to concerns that the original proposal would outlive the usefulness and would unnecessarily harm Apple in the e-book market.
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