Apple wins iTunes DRM challenge case and will not pay a fine

Apple won the juror vote in the iTunes antitrust case

Apple has emerged from the long-running iTunes antitrust case with a successful jury verdict and no financial repercussions.

Reports say that a jury backed Apple’s arguments in the case, which was raised by consumers and technology companies, and found that the firm had ultimately done the best thing for consumers.

Apple was challenged in 2006 after changing the types of software files that the iPod would accept.

This generated concerns among the competition, and revealed some apparent anti-competitive sentiments from Apple and its leadership.

It was revealed earlier this month that Apple was accused of wilfully deleting content from other providers during iTunes updates, and of purposefully acting to deny and dismiss the competition.

Apple has declined to comment on the case so far, and has not responded to V3‘s request for its views on the jury decision and successful verdict.

The case dates back to 2006 when Apple made changes to the FairPlay digital rights management system used in iTunes.

The move caused controversy in the music download market, and Apple was challenged by firms including Sendo.

The complaint at the time was that Apple’s system “constitutes a significant restraint on the free circulation of creative works”.

Apple changed the system in 2009, and it is thanks to this change that the jury backed its case.

Apple could have faced a large fine had the jurors voted the other way. Some reports have suggested that this could have been as high as $1bn.

Evidence against Apple was apparently compelling. Emails from the late Steve Jobs were used in court, apparently showing his glibly dismissive attitude towards the competition.

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17 December 2014 | 10:41 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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