The Magazine and Website of Science Fiction & Fantasy Field

Locus Online
Sub Menu contents

Recent Posts




Send items, updates, or corrections for this page to

Awards Calendar

2017 finalists

2017 winners

Indexed results at



This blog is hosted by WordPress beginning April 2010, with re-initialized categories and tags. Labels listed below apply to the earlier, Blogger-hosted posts.

Labels for Earlier Posts

DoJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit

On April 11, 2012, the US Department of Justice made good on their threat to file an antitrust lawsuit  against technology giant Apple and five of the Big Six publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. Hours after the suit was filed, three of the publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins — agreed to settle with the DoJ, allowing Amazon and other retailers to discount their e-book prices for at least two years, among other concessions.

Apple, Macmillan, and Penguin so far seem determined to fight in court, and all deny there was any collusion. In an open letter released after the suit was filed, Macmillan CEO John Sargent first stressed the company’s innocence, then explained that Macmillan could not settle because “the terms the DoJ demanded were too onerous.”

A complete story will appear in the May issue of Locus.

© 2011-2017 by Locus Publications. All rights reserved. Powered by WordPress, modified from a theme design by Lorem Ipsum.