DOJ Amends E-Book Injunction Proposal

Apple may face a reduced punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices under a new proposal from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice suggested in a court filing Friday that it would cut from 10 to five years the length of a proposed injunction prohibiting Apple from entering into deals with publishers that would limit price competition. The proposal also includes a provision staggering renegotiations of contracts with publishers and would allow the government to seek a number of one-year extensions if warranted. The department said it made the modification based on concerns that its original proposal would outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple in a fast-changing industry. WATN-TV has more from the Associated Press.