|Brussels GA&P (January 2017)|
27/01/2017 - Autor/es: Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Brussels
The Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office welcome the agreement between Amazon/Audible and Apple to remove exclusivity obligations in the supply and distribution of audiobooks
The European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office have welcomed the agreement to end all exclusivity obligations in the audiobook supply and distribution concluded between Amazon’s subsidiary Audible − the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content− and Apple.
The exclusivity obligations, which will be removed as a result of the agreement, required Apple to source exclusively from Audible and prevented the latter from supplying music to digital platforms other than Apple’s iTunes store. Audible and Apple’s iTunes store are the two largest distributors of downloadable audiobooks to consumers worldwide. For its part, Apple’s iTunes store provides customers with the possibility to purchase and download digital content, including audiobooks...