DOJ Antitrust Chief Derides Scrutiny Of Apple

Law360, New York (September 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division said Wednesday that efforts to go after Apple Computer Inc. because its iTunes software is too dominant and does not interoperate with devices other than iPods are misguided.

Apple’s innovations have helped the music industry and have largely been beneficial to consumers, Thomas O. Barnett said at the George Mason University School of Law symposium on interoperability between antitrust and intellectual property.

In response to complaints that iTunes hurts Apple’s competitors, Barnett said, “Antitrust law protects...
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