Apple Under Scrutiny Of European Regulators

Apple and five publishing partners are being investigated by the European Commission to see if their partnerships hurts competition.

The partnerships involved in the investigation include, “deals between Apple and Lagardere’s Hachette Livre, News Corp.’s Harper Collins, CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster, Pearson Plc’s Penguin and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH,” reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The Commission’s statement reads: “The Commission has concerns, that these practices may breach EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.”

The same group was investigating potential antitrust violations in regards to eBook prices among eBook publishers earlier this year.