The Dutch Competition Authority dismisses complaint lodged by a consumers’ association against leading software company for alleged abuse of dominance on the markets for portable music players and online music stores concluding the absence of tying (Apple)

In January 2007 the Dutch consumers' association (Consumentenbond) lodged a complaint with the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) against Apple Computer Benelux BV (Apple). The Consumentenbond claimed that Apple has a dominant position on the market for portable music players through its product iPod and on the market for online music stores through its product iTunes. According to the Consumentenbond Apple abuses this position by linking its sales of the portable music player iPod to the music services provided by its online music store iTunes. The Consumentenbond asserted that through this practice Apple forecloses competitors from one of the markets concerned or both. In addition, the Consumentenbond claimed that Apple abuses its dominant position by engaging in unfair commercial

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Ariela Stoffer, The Dutch Competition Authority dismisses complaint lodged by a consumers’ association against leading software company for alleged abuse of dominance on the markets for portable music players and online music stores concluding the absence of tying (Apple), 6 September 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2007, Art. N° 14803

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