“Apple also appeals” Apple vs. Epic lawsuit rekindled

Apple, which had praised the results of the lawsuit with Epic in September as a ‘complete victory’, decided to appeal on the 8th (local time). While Epic is also in the process of appealing, the legal battle will be repeated once again. Therefore, it seems that it will still take some time for a fundamental change in the App Store policy to occur.

The main reason for Apple’s decision to appeal is the US court’s ruling that Apple was engaging in anti-competitive activities in the relevant market under the California Antitrust Act. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ordered Apple to stop “restricting developers from including their apps, metadata buttons, external links, and actions that lead customers to purchase mechanisms,” said Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. In other words, Apple must allow developers to insert links to their own purchase services or external stores by December 9th. In-app payment restrictions are also the reason why the lawsuit between Apple and Epic started in the first place.

In addition, the court ruled that Apple is not a monopoly under “federal or state antitrust laws,” and that the business model in which Apple receives 30% of its App Store fees is legitimate. As a result, Epic paid Apple a fine of $6 million. This is the fee that Epic should have paid if Epic did not first violate the App Store Terms of Use and was not expelled from the App Store in August 2020.

Epic has appealed a court ruling that effectively won Apple. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney expressed a strong opinion in a legal battle that had been going on since last year, and requested Apple to re-approve the Fortnite App Store, but was rejected. Sweeney posted a sarcastic post on her Twitter account about Apple’s appeal.

In addition, Apple said, “Implementing the court order could have unintended ramifications for customers and the entire platform,” and requested that it suspend the action of allowing external payment links until the appeal is over.

Apple’s and Epic’s lawsuits over in-app payments have effectively returned to their roots, as the court upheld both appeals. The battle will continue for a while until the verdict is finalized. [email protected]

Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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