Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project issued the following statement in response to Judge Gonzalez-Rogers’ ruling in the Epic v. Apple antitrust suit.
“Judge Gonzalez-Rogers’ decision finds what has long been obvious: Apple abuses its app store dominance to harm entrepreneurs and independent businesses like Epic. That’s why eight state legislatures and both houses of Congress have proposed legislation to arrest Apple and Google’s gatekeeping power over app distribution,” said Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project. “By forcing Apple to abandon its anti-steering restrictions on developers, this decision will provide some immediate relief and help to create a fairer economy. It should be coupled with legislation like the Open App Markets Act that will ensure access to markets for American entrepreneurs and innovators.”
To learn more about app store monopolies, read more from Matt Stoller and Pat Garofalo in The New York Times here.
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