French newspapers attack Apple’s commissions on its Store

French media mobile applications have decided to launch legal proceedings against the giant Apple. They accuse him of having violated competition law with his monopoly on the distribution of applications on the iPhone market.

Apple is in the sights of several media applications, including Le Figaro and L’Equipe, which sued the Californian company on August 1 over its monopoly on the distribution of applications on its App Store.

For Le Figaro and L’Equipe, which are associated with Le Geste (an association representing publishers of online content and services), Apple holds a “deliberate, anti-competitive and unjustifiable monopoly”. This is indicated by the complaint that was filed in court in San Jose, reports CBNews.

They criticize Apple for offering only one way to access users of the brand’s devices, that is to say the App Store, Apple’s application store. As a reminder, application publishers must pay the Cupertino company a 30% commission on the purchases of their customers.

Build a monopoly

According to the complainants, “Apple has taken over the market for distributing apps on iOS (…) but not because it has built the best store”. For them, “Apple deliberately built a monopoly by blocking potential competition through technical means and contracts with developers.”

The plaintiffs’ lawyers further explain that “Apple’s actions are designed to destroy competition” and therefore request a trial by jury, with an injunction from the judge. They want to force Apple to change its practices, and are claiming damages.

They are not the first to accuse Apple of a monopoly on its application store. The publisher of the famous Fortnite video game, Epic Games, already sued Apple in 2020 for abuse of a dominant position. The complaint from the French media also cites extracts from the judgment rendered between Apple and Epic Games.

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