Confused By the eBook Lawsuit? So Is Everyone Else

TheAtlantic: A lengthy Wall Street Journal analysis of the Department of Justice price-fixing case against five publishers and Apple features a photo of Picholine, the swanky restaurant (Zagat calls it "one of the best restaurants in town") where, according to the government, the alleged conspiracy took shape. The lawsuit asserts that "meetings took place in private dining rooms of upscale Manhattan restaurants and were used to discuss confidential business and competitive matters, including Amazon's e-book retailing practices. No legal counsel was present at any of these meetings." In all that has been written about this case, nothing seems to have made a deeper impression than the image of the executives in a private room called "The Chef's Wine Cellar" agreeing to challenge Amazon's policy of deep discounts on e-books.

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