In Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ verdict, she basically rejected Epic’s idea that Apple is considered a monopolist under federal or state competition laws. Apple sounds like a win, doesn’t it? However, Judge Rogers also noted that the trial showed that Apple had indeed acted against competition under California competition laws.
It also issued a permanent ban stating that Apple, “Permanently restrained and prohibited from developers to include in their applications and their metadata buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct users to purchase mechanisms, other than in-app purchases and communication with users through voluntary contact from users through account registration in the application. ”
Basically, Apple will now have to allow developers to include information that would allow them to communicate with users that there are alternative payment methods. In a way, Apple has already planned to do this to solve the investigation in Japan, so that doesn’t really change anything.
While it doesn’t look like both sides got what they really wanted, Apple seems to rate this as a win. An Apple dealership was quoted as saying: “Today, the Court confirmed what we have always known: the App Store does not violate antitrust law. Apple faces stiff competition in every segment in which we operate and we believe that customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. We remain committed to ensuring that the App Store is a secure and reliable market. ”
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney took a different view of the verdict, where he is he tweeted,, “Today’s verdict is not a victory for developers or consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition between payment methods via apps and app stores for a billion consumers. ”
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