Murdoch Wanted Apple E-Books Deal To 'Screw' Amazon: DOJ

Law360, New York (June 10, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT) -- News Corp. subsidiary HarperCollins Publishers LLC sought an e-book deal with Apple Inc. that raised the price of digital books because Rupert Murdoch wanted to "screw" Amazon.com Inc., a U.S. Department of Justice attorney suggested Monday as an antitrust trial against Apple continued in New York.

While questioning HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray, DOJ trial attorney Lawrence Buterman showed the court an email that Murray sent shortly before the publishing house signed its deal with Apple in January 2010. The email expressed Murdoch's displeasure with an Amazon press...
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