A non-profit group that has drawn up plans for advocating legal and regulatory action to challenge the practices for its App Store by Apple was joined by a number of critics of the iPhone maker which includes companies like Spotify Technology, Match Group Inc and “Fortnite” creator Epic Games.
A commission of between 15 per cent and 20 per cent is charged by Apple from all users over all transactions that are made through its in-app payment system while also imposing extensive rules for apps in its App Store. Owners of iPhones and other apple devices can only download native apps through the App Store – for which the company charges money from the app developers.
Some developers who are irked by these practices of Apple for its App Store have stood up against the company and have filed formal legal complaints against the iPhone maker.
It plans to advocate legal changes that would force Apple to change, said the Coalition for App Fairness, structured as a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels.
Smaller companies such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile are also part of the newly formed consortium in addition to the larger brands of Beyond Epic, Match and Spotify. It also has in its fold developers from Europe including the European Publishers Council, News Media Europe and Protonmail.
A legal suit had been filed in a federal court in California, United States over antitrust claims by Epic Games. On the other hand, an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union has been filed by Spotify.
There were no comments on how much funding the Coalition for App Fairness has raised and from whom made by Sarah Maxwell, a representative for the group.
No comments were available on the issue from Apple.
A new section of its website explaining the benefits of its approach was unveiled by Apple ion Thursday. The company said that more than 150,000 apps had been blocked by it last year for privacy violations. The creation of developer resources such as 160,000 technical documents and sample code to aid developers in creating apps is funded by the fees that it collects from its App Store, Apple also says.
The new coalition’s “big brands do not speak for the thousands of app makers that are the foundation of the app economy,” said Mike Sax, founder of The App Association, a group sponsored by Apple in statement.
(Adapted from LiveMint.com)