Jury Decides For Apple In DRM Antitrust Case
December 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM (PT)
A jury in CALIFORNIA has unanimously ruled that APPLE did not act in a deliberately anti-competitive manner when its iTUNES 7.0 software locked out music obtained through competing DRM methods like REALNETWORKS.
The $1 billion antitrust case hinged on whether the 2006-07 software changes constituted "product improvement" or were intended to block competition and delete users' music acquired through competing systems like REALNETWORKS' HARMONY. Trial began in the Northern District of CALIFORNIA on DECEMBER 2nd and went to jury deliberations YESTERDAY afternoon. The plaintiffs sought treble damages based on a claim of over $350 million; an appeal is expected.