Apple can’t delay App Store payment changes, judge rules in Epic Games case

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  • Apple will be forced to allow app developers to link to alternative payment websites in December.
  • On Tuesday, a federal judge in Oakland rejected Apple’s motion to stay that would delay the change.

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Apple will be forced to allow app developers to link to alternative payment websites, potentially enabling software companies to reduce the 15% to 30% fees Apple charges for digital transactions through its App Store. charges a fee.

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On Tuesday, a federal judge in Oakland, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, rejected A stay on Apple’s appeal would delay the court-ordered change, meaning it would take effect in December.

In short, Apple’s motion is based on a selective reading of the findings of this Court and disregards all findings that support the injunction, namely preliminary antitrust conduct, including over-competitive commission rates, resulting in exceptionally high have operating margins and are not correlated with the value of your intellectual property,” Rogers wrote. in order, describing Apple’s proposal as “fundamentally flawed”.

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In September, Rogers ruled in Apple’s favor in nine of 10 cases in an antitrust trial brought by Epic Games. Epic was looking for the ability to set up its own App Store on iPhones. Both sides are now appealing against this decision.

In a short hearing on Tuesday, Apple attorney Mark Perry said allowing links to external payments on the App Store would be a difficult process, adding that Apple needed more time.

“It’s very complicated,” Perry said. “There should be guard rails and guidelines to protect Apple, to protect children, to protect developers, to protect consumers.”

Rogers expressed skepticism, saying that Apple was asking to delay the changes for up to five years.

“In addition to, perhaps, the need for time to establish guidelines, Apple has given the court no credible reason to believe that the injunction would result in catastrophe,” Rogers wrote in Tuesday’s order.

The injunction doesn’t mean that app developers won’t have to pay App Store fees, even if they provide their own credit card processing.

Apple hasn’t publicly said how its App Store policies will change under the order, but it has indicated that it may find a way to charge off-platform purchases as well. Apple said in an argument on Tuesday that it would need more time to create new software and policies to replace its in-app payments.

In South Korea, Google’s Android App Store was forced to offer off-platform payments due to a new government regulation. Developers pay 11% of gross transactions to Google, even if they handle their own billing Policy comes into force in 2022.

Apple said in a statement that it believes “no additional business changes should be required to take effect until all appeals in this case are resolved. We ask the Ninth Circuit to stay based on these circumstances.” want.”

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