A federal judge in New York threw out claims by independent bookstores that Amazon(s amzn) and the big publishing houses conspired to create a monopoly by using technical measures to ensure that ebooks bought on Amazon could only be read on Kindle devices and apps.
In a ruling published on Monday, US District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected the notion that Amazon’s “device specific DRM” (digital rights management) provided any benefit to the publishers and described the bookstores’ claim as “threadbare.”
The case began in February when Posman Books and Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza of Manhattan joined Fiction Addiction of Greenville, South Carolina, in filing an antitrust lawsuit that claimed that contracts between Amazon and the Big-6 publishers were intended to keep them out of the ebook market.
The claim always seemed far-fetched, in part because other ebook sellers like Apple(s aapl), Barnes & Noble(s bn) and Kobo also sell books…
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