Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 23:17 UTC, submitted by PLan
Apple Well, this is interesting, and, I must say, rather surprising: the New York Post is reporting that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking into launching an antitrust probe into Apple's policies. You'd expect this to be about iTunes, but that's just the thing: it's about the Adobe-Apple spat. Update: Since I'm not familiar with the entire US media landscape, I was unaware the New York Post is considered less than reputable. Still, Reuters has confirmed the Post's report, so maybe it's true after all.
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Apple are a monopoly
by ndrw on Tue 4th May 2010 04:33 UTC
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in iPhone application distribution. Yes, it is a niche market they have created themselves but nonetheless Apple do satisfy (1) the definition of a monopoly in this market. They are now trying to solidify the monopoly by closing any remaining loop holes in their application store and use it (2) for fighting the Adobe's Flash in a market they do not control (the web).

So, yes, these practices (1&2) do fall under antitrust laws and Abobe has right to go after Apple. However, this situation would not simply happen if there was no DMCA in the first place. On one hand we have a law (DMCA) that specifically encourages creating digital monopolies, on the other hand we try to fix the damage caused by it by imposing antitrust laws.

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