Senator Charles Schumer is asking the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to back off Apple's e-book price fixing case.
The New York Senator wrote a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal warning that an Apple anti-trust case would severely damage the e-book marketplace. Schumer said that without Apple the e-book market would be beholden to the will of Amazon's e-book pricing.
The DoJ is investigating Apple and five other publishers on the claims that the consortium of companies worked together to fix the price of e-books.
"The suit will restore Amazon to the dominant position atop the e-books market it occupied for years before competition arrived in the form of Apple," Schumer said about the looming DoJ lawsuit.
"If that happens, consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets."
The DoJ decided to pursue its case against Apple earlier this year following a preliminary investigation. Apple has asked that the investigation go to court so the company could have a chance to prove its innocence.
Apple has denied any collusion claims and asserted that their entrance into the e-book market actually made the ecosystem more competitive.
Schumer agreed with Apple's assertions and says the DoJ's case stifles innovation.
"I am concerned that the mere filing of this lawsuit has empowered monopolists and hurt innovators," Schumer continued.
"I believe it will have a deterrent effect not only on publishers but on other industries that are coming up with creative ways to grow and adapt to the Internet."
Schumer has long been an active commentator in the world of technological public policy. Earlier this year the senator pointed out that Google and Apple mappings systems could cause privacy issues. Schumer also recently asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether iOS and Android OS could be used for unwanted data collection.
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