Apple pundits form a coalition to challenge App Store fees

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A group of Apple’s critics, including Spotify and Epic Games – the maker of the popular Fortnite game – have joined a nonprofit coalition that plans to call for legal and regulatory action to challenge the company’s App Store practices.

And Apple imposes a commission ranging between 15 percent and 30 percent on applications that use the in-app payment system, and it sets comprehensive rules that applications must comply with to appear in the application store, which is the only way that Apple allows consumers to download native applications on devices, such as: Iphone. These practices have sparked criticism and formal legal complaints from some developers.

The Coalition for App Fairness – created as a non-profit organization based in Washington, the capital of the United States, and the Belgian capital, Brussels – said it plans to advocate legal changes that would force Apple to change.

In addition to Epic Games, Spotify and Match, other coalition members include smaller companies such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile, as well as developers from Europe, such as: (European Publishers Council) European Publishers Council, News Media Europe, and Protonmail.

Sarah Maxwell – a consortium representative who previously worked for the fintech firm Blockchain.com and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said the group was founded out of “lack of hope that things will ever change” and aims to recruit more developers.

“While it’s great to have big names like: Epic and Spotify in the group, we’re not just talking on their behalf,” Maxwell said in an interview.

Epic is suing Apple over its antitrust lawsuits in US federal court in California, while Spotify has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union. Maxwell declined to comment on the amount and source of funding the coalition raised for fairness of apps.

On Thursday, the group also laid down 10 “principles for the app store” it plans to demand, including: “Not requiring any developer to pay unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees or dividends.”

Source: Arab portal







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