DOJ proposes shorter e-books injunction for Apple

Aug 23, 2013 by The Associated Press

Apple may face a reduced punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices under a new proposal from the federal government.

The Department of Justice suggested in a court filing Friday that it would halve the length of a proposed injunction to 5 years from 10. The injunction would keep the Cupertino, Calif., company from entering deals with publishers that would limit .

The proposal includes a chance to seek a number of 1-year extensions if warranted. It also proposes staggering renegotiations of Apple's contracts with publishers.

Apple Inc. couldn't be immediately reached.

The government says it made the modification based on concerns that the original proposal would outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple in the fast-changing industry. But it still believes the punishment fixes competitive concerns.

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