Competition Bureau takes fourth publisher HarperCollins to the Competition Tribunal
OTTAWA, Jan. 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Competition Bureau announced today that it has taken action to restore retail price competition for ebooks in Canada.
The Commissioner of Competition commended Apple and three major publishers – Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster – for entering into consent agreements to resolve his concerns related to these companies' conduct in the market for ebooks. As a result, Canadian retailers including Amazon and Kobo will be able to offer discounts on ebooks by these publishers.
As no agreement has been reached with a fourth publisher, HarperCollins, the Commissioner has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal for an order to stop its alleged anti-competitive conduct.
The Bureau's investigation concluded that an anti-competitive arrangement between HarperCollins, its competitors and Apple ultimately led to higher prices for Canadian consumers.
- HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster publish many bestselling ebooks in Canada.
- Registration of the consent agreements with Apple, Hachette, MacMillan and Simon & Schuster with the Competition Tribunal today gives them the force of a court order.
- Today's announcement follows two years of litigation related to Kobo's challenge of a previous consent agreement. That agreement was rescinded by the Competition Tribunal in June 2016.
"This case is about protecting Canadian consumers and ensuring a competitive and innovative digital economy. I commend Apple, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster for entering into consent agreements that resolve my concerns related to their conduct. As no agreement was reached with HarperCollins, I am taking action today to address its ongoing restrictions on competition in Canada."
Commissioner of Competition
June 10, 2016: Competition Tribunal issues decision in ebooks matter
June 23, 2015: Competition Bureau welcomes Federal Court of Appeal decision in ongoing ebooks matter
January 20, 2015: Clarification on the Bureau's ongoing investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the Canadian ebooks industry
February 7, 2014: Competition Bureau Takes Action to Promote Competition for ebooks
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
SOURCE Competition Bureau
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