Apple’s App Store challenged in court by French state
“Will you allow me to use my computer?” Because I store a lot of data on it and it’s an Apple, so I don’t want to be held responsible for that.” The Commercial Court judge teased this Friday, September 23. On the left benches well stocked with clothes to defend Apple. On the right two representatives of the Ministry of Economics. The focus is on the Apple Store and, above all, on the practices and commissions charged by the Apple company on each transaction carried out on this platform. After 3 hours of debate, especially technical, the debate can be simplified. Can Apple impose a tariff on developers for the marketing of its applications at will? Or is it a commitment that creates a significant imbalance to the detriment of the French developer? The contracts in question date from 2015 and 2016.
For the Commerce Department representative, “a developer is stuck with accepting Apple’s payment system exclusively and can’t get out.” Apple imposes the 30 percent commission on the developer, and it’s okay with end users. This has been blamed for Fortnite in the United States.
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