Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., listens during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) on Wednesday in the White House dining room in Washington, DC (USA), 6. March 2019.
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Apple is being sued by developers who claim they are being forced to pay a high commission for selling apps through the App Store because of their "abusive monopoly".
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday reads: According to Reuters, Apple and other major technology companies, including Google and Facebook, are facing increasing antitrust control, including a potential investigation by the US Department of Justice. The Supreme Court recently ruled that consumers could file another lawsuit alleging that the company is raising the price of iPhone software by charging a 30% commission on app sales.
In the New Class Action Filed at the US San Jose Division Developers complain to the US District Court for the Northern District of California that they have "no choice" but their apps on Apple's App Store for sale.
"[F] Apple has monopolized the US iOS and in-app product distribution market from the outset by slamming the door for potential competitors, and has locked the door ever since." Complaint was.
Plaintiffs, iOS developers Donald R. Cameron and Pure Sweat Basketball Inc., stated in the lawsuit that "the 30 percent commission Apple receives for selling paid apps and in-app products" The developers have no choice but to pay the annual developer fee of $ 99 for the sale on the Apple market.
The argument is similar to that of Spotify, which filed its own complaint against Apple with the antitrust authorities of the European Union. Spotify has accused Apple of anticompetitive behavior by collecting commissions, which should favor Apple's own music streaming service over that of its competitors. Apple responded to Spotify's complaint by saying that it created a secure marketplace for app developers, which is why selling apps had to be cut.
In response to a request for comment on the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Apple referred to the new The website was launched to promote the openness of the App Store to the competition. On the website, Apple calls the App Store "a business that welcomes competition" and gives examples of different apps and services that compete with its own.
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