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The Justice Division suggested corporate when it indicted Apple and 5 some other publishers of price-rigging e-books, and are officially taking Cupertino and 2 publishers to court. In a hearing on Friday, Judge Denise Cote set a bench testing for June 3, 2012, placing Apple, Macmillan and Penguin Group on the defense. The federal government’s allegations focus mainly on agency prices, which sees booksellers taking a 30 percent cut of each sale in lieu of buying the books at wholesale and setting their own rates. Apple and Macmillan have currently refuted the Justice Division’s claims, of course– however that had not been on the stand, was it?
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Just a little update on the Sony/George Hotz lawsuit. You know, the one where Sony tries to put the cat back in the bag. Well it turns out that their reason for filing suit in California is that YouTube, Twitter, and Paypal are all based on California. Wait, what?
See, Hotz received donations from Paypal, and he posted the news of the hack on Twitter and YouTube. Are Sony’s lawyers smoking crack? Do you try a mugger at the mint where the money he stole was made? Fortunately, the honorable Judge Susan Illston felt this was indeed a bit of a stretch. If anything involving Google or Facebook could be brought to California, then potentially “the entire universe would be subject to my jurisdiction.” Nice gig if you can get it.
Sony then suggested the case should be tried in Federal court close to Sony’s American headquarters… because it says so in the PlayStation terms-of-service agreement. I’m not sure that’s binding, Sony, especially since Hotz obviously didn’t agree to those terms, and rendered the agreement null long ago.
Seriously, though, the trial will be delayed and possibly moved to Hotz’s home state, beautiful New Jersey. We’ll keep you posted, as the results of this case could actually be relevant to the end user.