1. Price-Fixing

    Judge Orders Apple to Change Preferential E-book Contracts

    Fair goers try out the textunes eBook reader app on an Apple iPad at the Leipzig Book Fair on March 15, 2012 on the fairgrounds in Leipzig, eastern Germany. From March 15 to 18, 2012, more than 2000 exhibitors from 44 countries present their products of the publishing and media sector.     AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Regulation is coming to the world of Internet commerce. On Friday, a judge issued an order for Apple to alter e-book contracts containing a clause that may limit price competition. The clause in question, called a "most favored nation" clause, gave Apple preferential treatment and allowed the company to control the prices offered to its competitors. Apple will now be prevented from employing such preferential treatment for the next five years. For the first two years, an outside auditor will monitor the tech giant's compliance with the order.

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