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Shubha Ghosh Discusses Antitrust Implications of Apple's Subscription Rules with Media

In recent pieces by the Wall Street Journal and American Public Media’s Marketplace, Shubha Ghosh discusses possible antitrust issues raised by Apple Inc.’s new subscription service.

The service allows magazines, newspapers and other publishers to sell subscriptions to users of Apple's popular iPad, iTouch and iPhone products, with some catches.

These catches—including requirements that subscriptions must be sold through Apple’s App Store and that, should publishers sell digital subscriptions outside the Apple sphere, Apple can offer subscriptions at the same price or less—have drawn antitrust scrutiny.

Underlying the debate, says Shubha Ghosh, an antitrust professor at UW Law School, are two core questions: Whether Apple owns enough of a dominant position in the market to keep competitors out, and whether it is exerting "anticompetitive pressures on price."

To read the Wall Street Journal article, click here.

To read or listen to the American Public Media’s Marketplace piece, click here.

Submitted by UW Law News on February 22, 2011

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