MFN clauses threaten validity of publishers’ Amazon contracts

MFN clauses threaten validity of publishers’ Amazon contracts

Publishers’ contracts with Amazon could become void if the European Commission (EC) finds that the online retailer has acted illegally in terms of its e-book distribution practices and its relationship with publishers.

Lawyers have warned that if the EC investigation instigated this month finds that Amazon’s Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clauses in contracts with publishers make it difficult for other e-book distributors to compete and are detrimental to customers, then publishers may have to renegotiate with the e-commerce giant. Moreover, those publishers currently engaged in new contract n...

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