Thu, 13/12/2012 - 14:46
The European Commission has accepted commitments from Apple, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan and ended its investigation into e-book pricing.
The EC stated it was also currently engaged in "constructive discussions" on a settlement with Pearson.
The four publishers who have now...
Fri, 02/11/2012 - 08:00
The Penguin Random House merger is likely to be investigated "carefully" by the European Commission, according to a legal specialist. Bertelsmann is also notifying other regulatory boards around the world of the move.
Barrister Alison Berridge, a competition law specialist at Monckton Chambers, said: "Given the size of...
Fri, 02/11/2012 - 06:30
The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l'Edition, SNE) has reaffirmed its support for its government's decision to cut VAT rate on e-books, despite mounting pressure from the European Commission.
Both France and Luxembourg are edging towards a fine from the European Commission for having unilaterally reduced...
Wed, 19/09/2012 - 10:14
The European Commission has begun the process of dismantling the agency model after finding publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette Livre, and Apple "engaged in a concerted practice" to raise e-book prices or prevent the emergence of lower prices across Europe. The commission has reached agreements that...
Thu, 19/07/2012 - 09:22
International scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishers association STM has criticised the European Commission's stance on "green" model open access, following publication of its Commission Recommendation on access to scientific information on Tuesday (17th July).
STM said it was pleased that the EC had...
Fri, 09/12/2011 - 08:10
The five publishers being investigated over e-book pricing could face fines of many millions of euros if they are found to have engaged in anti-competitive practices by the European Commission.
Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan—the five founding agency model publishers—were named...
Mon, 22/09/2008 - 07:23
The European Commission has proposed a series of initiatives designed to increase the number of digitised works made freely available. The proposals come as the European Digital Library prepares for a November launch.
In a detailed report, Brussels said it wants reform of regulatory obstacles preventing orphan sources – where the...