Fruity cargo cult Apple is so convinced that it is sweet and kind and good, it has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a court verdict which proves Steve Jobs organized an illegal cartel in a bid to jack up the prices of books.
In 2013, U.S. District Judge Dennis Cote found Apple guilt of being “conscious[ly] committed to … engage in [the] illegal behavior” of fixing ebook prices. That decision was reaffirmed in a 2-1 federal appeals court ruling earlier this summer. Second Circuit Court Judge Debra Ann Livingston, writing for the majority, held that “the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise ebook prices.”
Fellow members of the cartel have all admitted their crimes and paid up. The only member of the cartel which is convinced of its innocence is Apple. That is despite a confession by its former CEO Steve Jobs that a cartel was exactly what he had in mind to take Amazon down a peg or two.
Now Jobs Mob is convinced that the US’s Highest Court will conform to the mighty powers of its reality distortion field and let it go free.
In its filing to the Supreme Court Apple argues that a decision against it would have grave implications for the creative economy. “Dynamic, disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets — the lifeblood of American economic growth — often requires the very type of” behavior that Apple engaged in, the company argues.
It is a novel defense. Basically it is admitting that it is evil but it is the American way to play monopoly and force people to pay more.
Should the Supreme Court decline to hear the case, Apple’s expected to pay $450 million — most of it to customers of its iBooks store — to resolve antitrust liabilities with the Justice Department and other plaintiffs.
But for Apple it has the problem that it believes that it has done no wrong and it is really good for people. That sort of reality distortion field issue means that it will probably do the same thing again.