(Reuters) — Major information publishers are searching for extra favorable phrases from Apple on commissions the iPhone maker collects from them on funds made by its app retailer, in response to a letter posted by a commerce physique on Thursday.
Digital Content Next (DCN), which represents New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and different publishers, posted the letter, addressed to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, on its website.
Apple, which normally takes a lower that ranges between 15% and 30% from information publishers for first-time subscriptions made by apps on the shop, has a diminished fee for Amazon.com.
In a House Judiciary Committee listening to final month, Cook stated the diminished fee was accessible to any developer who met sure situations.
News publishers ought to qualify for a similar phrases provided to Amazon for its Prime Video app on Apple’s app retailer, DCN Chief Executive Officer Jason Kint advised in Thursday’s letter to Cook.
“I ask that you clearly define the conditions that Amazon satisfied for its arrangement so that DCN’s member companies meeting those conditions can be offered the same agreement.”
The letter cited communication between Apple veteran Eddy Cue and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos the place the 2 corporations agreed on a 15% revenue-sharing deal for brand new buyer sign-ups for Prime Video by app retailer. The e mail emerged throughout the Committee listening to on July 29.
The newest missive comes days after Apple eliminated Epic Games’ “Fortnite” from its app retailer for violating in-app fee pointers, prompting Epic to file federal lawsuits difficult the rule.
Apple and Amazon didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.