Publishers ask for lower fees in the Apple App Store

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The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are among the editors asking Apple to cut its fees on the App Store. The group wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook outlining their grievances, and they sent a copy to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

« [We would like] to better understand the “conditions” you mentioned in your remarks on July 29 to the House Judiciary Committee, “the letter notes. “We would like to know what conditions our members – high quality digital content companies – would have to meet in order to qualify for the deal that Amazon receives for its Amazon Prime Video app in the Apple App Store.”

The letter is signed by Jason Kint, CEO of a business group called Digital Content Next which represents The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other media brands that she says “together have an audience. without a double count of 223,098 million people. unique visitors or 100% of the US online population. The Amazon benchmark was an email discovered during the House Judiciary Committee investigation, in which Apple agreed to reduce its normal vigor from 30% to just 15% for Amazon.

In his testimony to the committee, Mr. Cook said that this special arrangement was available to “all application developers … who qualify.” But Cook never detailed those conditions, and none of the electronic evidence gathered by the committee provides any clue, either.

“Apple’s single market conditions have a huge impact on the ability to continue to invest in high quality and reliable information and entertainment, especially in competition with other large companies,” the letter continued. “As per your statement to the Committee, I ask that you clearly define the conditions Amazon has met for its arrangement so that DCN member companies that meet those conditions can be offered the same deal. ”

Not coincidentally, the notion of a “special arrangement” appeared in Apple’s mob-type treatment with Epic Games, which instead chose to sue Apple when it banned its game Fortnite from the iOS App Store. . Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says he’s not looking for a special offer, but rather a level playing field for all developers.

You can read more about DCN’s complaint here.

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