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Epic has lodged an objection to Apple’s complaint seeking a postponement of the changes to the App Store, arguing that Apple has not done enough to legally prove that the changes will be irreparably damaged, even if they are temporary.
In the decision of the judge of the District Court in the USA, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, in the Epic-Apple lawsuit in September, Apple was ordered to make changes to some rules of the App Store. While Apple appealed the verdict on October 8, seeking a stay of the ban, Epic filed its own motion against Apple’s appeal on the matter.
The changes to the App Store policy cited by the judge include changes to anti-steering provisions, or rules that prevent developers from telling consumers within apps that they can pay for in-app purchases and subscriptions other than through the App Store. – Application purchase mechanism. Other related limitations affect the way developers interact with application users.
Apple’s October appeal and motion to postpone the verdict were aimed at halting changes to the rules, which Apple would have to implement by December 9, but Epic of course disagrees with the request.
In his new submission on Friday, he noted Reuters, Epic offers the court that a delay should not be allowed in this case, because Apple does not meet the legal standard for that. That standard requires Apple to show that it is facing irreparable damage by complying with the order, even if it is only temporary and revoked upon appeal.
Epic’s reasoning for this includes Apple’s comments that the verdict is positive. The delay in Apple’s request to pause the ban is also an obvious sign for Epic that the iPhone maker won’t necessarily be harmed.
“The public interest favors rejection (Apple’s appeal); a court injunction is the only way to effective relief,” Epic said in an argument. “History shows that in the absence of a ban, Apple will not make any changes.”
The court will decide on Apple’s appeal at a hearing scheduled for November 9.
Apple has still made some changes to its App Store developer guidelines regarding anti-management provisions, updating the rules on October 22nd. The changes include allowing developers more flexibility in contacting users to advertise cheaper prices in places other than the App Store, as well as allowing apps to seek basic contact information from users.
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