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Virtual Legality Episode 456

"Consumers Losing Out": European Union Comes for Apple's Walled Garden

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3m Apr 30, 2021
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"The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store."

Spotify wins the Coalition for App Fairness' first fight in its war against 30% fees, as the European Union announces preliminary findings of Apple's violation of its Competition laws.

But what is the nature and basis of the EC's findings? How do they relate to Epic v Apple? And just how has the whirlwind unleashed by these App sellers playing out across multiple other markets?

A new challenger has appeared...in Virtual Legality.

#Epic #Apple #Spotify


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Discussed in this episode:
"Consumers and Innovators Win on a Level Playing Field"
Spotify Blog - March 13, 2019
https://newsroom.spotify.com/2019-03-13/consumers-and-innovators-win-on-a-level-playing-field/

"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - April 13, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Leading App Developers Form The Coalition for App Fairness to Promote Competition and Protect Innovation on Digital Platforms"
Coalition for App Fairness Release
https://appfairness.org/app-developers-coalition-for-app-fairness-competition-innovation/

"EU accuses Apple of App Store antitrust violations after Spotify complaint"
The Verge - April 30, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/30/22407376/apple-european-union-antitrust-charges-app-store-music-competition-commission-margrethe-vestager

"Our preliminary conclusion..."
Tweet - April 30, 2021 - Margrethe Vestager
https://twitter.com/vestager/status/1388071379094982659

"Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers"
European Commission Press Release - April 30, 2021
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_2061

"Overgrowth developer Wolfire Games files antitrust lawsuit against Valve"
PCGamer - April 29, 2021
https://www.pcgamer.com/overgrowth-developer-wolfire-games-files-antitrust-lawsuit-against-valve/

"If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share..."
Tweet - April 24, 2019 - Tim Sweeney
https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/status/1121218551342350336


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
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DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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