App Store Rule Changes Delayed in Federal Court in Apple-Epic Case

Roses on the App Store Image credit: James Yarema

Earlier this year, Apple was ordered to make some changes to the App Store as part of a legal battle with Epic Games. Now, a federal court has accepted the Cupertino-based company’s request to delay the implementation of said changes, which Spotify superior statement does not go far enough.

This latest order in a courtroom confrontation — and a broader debate about rules in Apple’s App Store — comes about six months after the original iPhone designer changed the requirements for developers. App Store development. In a nutshell, Apple retooled its rules in June to allow iOS developers to communicate with users outside of the app – as long as they don’t discuss alternative payment methods that aren’t subject to App Store fees.

Later, a proposed $100 million class action settlement between Apple and iOS developers has made it clear that second specialists will in fact be able to contact customers about alternative payments via email, but not through the app itself. And just a few days later, to close the investigation from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), Apple agreed to allow “reader” app creators – including Spotify – to link to their own web pages.

However, like mentioned at the outset, a federal court approved Apple’s request to delay the rollout of various App Store rule changes, which due to the company’s lawsuit against Epic Games.

Follow 9to5Mac. The deadline for the external payment portion of the ruling is today, December 9, and the presiding judge previously rejected Apple’s call to stay.

But an appeals court agreed with Apple, which is also facing antitrust investigations from a German regulatory body and European Union. Each respective court order, Fortnite developer Epic game “It did not show that Apple’s conduct violated any antitrust laws, but did indicate that similar conduct violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.”

In addition, “Apple has also demonstrated sufficient irreparable harm,” the legal document states, further specifying that “the period will remain in effect until the authorization given in the application is completed.” this appeal”.

At the time of writing, Spotify executives do not appear to have addressed the ruling on the social network. Daniel Ek – whose company has targeted App Store policies through its Time to Play Fair campaign – described the changes above as “a step in the right direction” while doubling down on the he “for a real solution”.

Regarding the details of this “real solution”, Ek answer for a message from Spotify’s chief legal officer, Horacio Gutierrez, which included an image comparing “Apple settlements” with “Open Application Market Act”. It is noteworthy in the conclusion that Apple has long against Spotify’s criticism.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/12/09/app-store-changes-delayed/ App Store Rule Changes Delayed in Federal Court in Apple-Epic Case

Caroline Bleakley

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