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Published on May 13, 2019
It's rare that we read through Supreme Court cases here on Virtual Legality, but when the implications are as potentially significant as those in today's holding in "Apple Inc v Pepper", well, we had to dive in.
In Apple Inc v Pepper, the Supreme Court has found that under the United States antitrust laws Apple *can* be sued by purchasers of phones and tablets for damages arising out Apple's 30% "cut" of App Store developer revenues.
But what does that really mean for the future of the Apple App Store? For the immediate future of Apple and the iPhone and iPad? And why should Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all be paying very close attention?
Who made the decision, and why is this particular 5-4 split so interesting?
Why could the Court's contract law based findings hold the answer for all game and software platform creators?
And what does the dissent have to say about all of this?
*** "Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).
Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.
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