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COMPETITION LAW NEWS: Formal Investigations Initiated by EU Commission on E-books Sales

Friday, 09 December 2011 02:01

The European Commission has announced on 6th December 2011 that has initiated a formal investigation on whether international publishers Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing, France), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Penguin (Pearson Group, United Kingdom) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany) have, possibly with the assistance of Apple Inc. of USA, engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in the European Economic Area (EEA), in breach of EU antitrust rules.

The Commission will in particular investigate whether the above-mentioned publishing groups and Apple Inc. have indeed engaged in agreements or practices that would have the object or the effect of restricting competition in the EU or in the EEA in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) which prohibits cartels and restrictive business practices.

Earlier this year, in March 2011, the EU Commission had carried out a number of unannounced inspections better known as ‘dawn raids’ at the premises of several companies active in the e-book publishing sector in certain Member States and consequently, the competition authorities of the said Member States have been informed of the relative investigation.

Source: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1509&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en