DOJ inquiry into Apple to extend into video and music

Shane McGlaun - May 31, 2010
DOJ inquiry into Apple to extend into video and music

Apple leaving Flash out of the show when it comes to the iPhone and iPad devices was enough to get the DOJ interested in the practices of the electronics company. Reports are now coming in that the DOJ inquiry into Apple is extending beyond a look at the music practices of Apple and looking at the video practices of the company as well.

CNET News reports that the DOJ is now asking questions of executives in the film industry and other media sectors in a widening probe of Apple’s business dealings. An anonymous source told the New York Post, “The [Justice Dept.] is doing outreach. You can’t dictate terms to the industry. The Adobe thing is just inviting the wrath of everybody.”

The inquiry by the DOJ reportedly started as information was sought to determine whether Apple pressured Sony Music Entertainment and EMI to stop participating in a discount promotion that Amazon was running. The sources claim that for now the inquiry is merely a fact-finding mission and is not an official investigation. The banning of Flash is said to be the reason the inquiry was started.

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