Apple informs eBook publishers that it will no longer enforce retail price parity in EU markets
Apple sent notices to eBook publishers who are using its iBookstore that due to a settlement between Apple and the European Commission, it will no longer be enforcing a provision in its eBook eBook Distribution Agreement regarding price parity.
Please note that we will not apply or enforce any retail price parity (also known as retail price MFN) provisions in your eBook Distribution Agreement (e.g. Section 5(b) of the Agreement) with respect to any book sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) until December 18, 2017.
This change is being made pursuant to a settlement between Apple and the European Commission to resolve case number 39847. The European Commission investigation of Apple’s eBook business is now closed. The European Commission has not challenged any other term of our ebook distribution agreements, so the eBook Distribution Agreement remains in effect and is not otherwise changed in any way.
The EEA currently consists of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For the purposes of this notice, the European Economic Area also includes any countries that may be added to the EEA in the future. eBooks sold into territories outside of the EEA are not affected.