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e-Books and the boundaries of antitrust

The e-book market is quite remarkable. The distribution’s economic models of this singular property are original and very different from one system to another. The U.S. and European litigations around the Apple’s practices and publishers, as well that the French law on the e-book price’s increase, are challenging the Antitrust boundaries.

Introduction David Bosco Professor, Aix-Marseille University 1. A new market is coming into light and spreading. Even if its expansion is evolving different rhythms on both sides of the Atlantic, the fact is obvious: E-books are part of the future of our modern societies. Therefore, everyone is keeping a watchful eye on the evolution of the balance of power on the e-book market: the consumers, the various competitors who are confronting one another on the market, but also public authorities and, among them, competition authorities. Thus, we have good reasons to believe that the “product” involved is quite peculiar. It is not a consumer good like the others. With it, stories, ideas, dreams, knowledge, are being passed around. Through this type of media, the history and the fate of our

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  • University Aix-Marseille
  • White & Case (Brussels)
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (New York)
  • International Center for Law & Economics (Portland)
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York)
  • Dauzier & Associés
  • American Action Forum

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David Bosco, Mark D. Powell, Jonathan M. Jacobson, Geoffrey Manne, Kimberley A. Piro, Audrey Oh, Fabrice Siiriainen, William Rinehart, e-Books and the boundaries of antitrust, September 2012, Concurrences Review N° 3-2012, Art. N° 48141, pp. 12-29

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