Apple and the Justice Department will make closing arguments on Thursday in a closely-watched trial over whether the retail giant brokered an illegal conspiracy with publishers to fix the price of ebooks.
The case has provided more drama than expected, with nostalgic discussions of Steve Jobs and a concession on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that the issues have “somewhat shifted” during the trial and that “things change.” Cote had earlier raised eyebrows during a pre-trial hearing when she said her “tentative view” was that the government would prove an illegal conspiracy.
Wednesday also saw Google and Amazon file new petitions asking that Cote require Apple to redact sales information from the public exhibits that Apple will put on the court record. Amazon wants to redact certain of its print sales as well as the growth rate of free ebooks between 2009 and 2011.
Google, meanwhile, complains that Apple wants to “splash some of the most confidential Google material onto the public record.” The company also describes itself as a “very small rival in ebooks” and asks the court to protect it from “serious competitive harm.”
My colleague, Laura Owen, will be at the trial in New York today and will have highlights from closing arguments. Judge Cote will issue her decision in the coming weeks or months.
Here’s Google’s petition to keep its revenue share with publishers a secret: