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-EC launches Apple, e-book publishers antitrust investigation.

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7 December 2011 - The European Commission (EC) said on Tuesday it had opened antitrust proceedings to see whether publishers, including French Hachette Livre and US Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), have engaged in anti-competitive practices in the e-book sector.

Apart from Hachette Livre, the publishers concerned by the move are Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck.

The EC will investigate whether the publishers and Apple have had illegal agreements or practices that would have restricted competition in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA).

The watchdog will also examine agreements signed by the publishers and retailers for the sale of e-books.

Hachette Livre is owned by French media company Lagardere (EPA:MMB).

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