What you need to know
- An app store bill sponsor says Apple used intimidation and "a lot of money" to kill her legislation.
- Rep. Regina Cobb says that Apple used aggressive lobbying tactics to stop the legislation.
- A new report claims Apple hired five lobbyists in Georgia who threatened that Apple would pull out of two economic projects in the state.
A new report into the defeat of an app store bill aimed at Apple in Georgia claims the company used intimidation and "a lot of money" to torpedo the legislation.
Bill sponsor Rep. Regina Cobb said "Apple has been able to intimidate and use a lot of money" adding "They do it in different ways in each state, but it all comes down to strong-arming the legislature." Cobb stated that legislators were "running a little scared" because of Apple. The report describes Apple lobbying at the state-level just like Google, bug claims Apple "has been the more aggressive and visible opponent across multiple states."
The app store bills target Apple's 30% revenue cut of in-app purchases, and the report states that whilst powerful companies like Spotify and Epic Games are at the other end lobbying in favor of these legislative measures, Apple seems to be winning out:
The report claims that in response to two Georgia bills in early February, Apple hired five new lobbyists who told lawmakers Apple would pull the plug on two big important economic projects, including a reported deal to make Apple Car in Georgia:
The report stated that Apple denied making these statements. iMore has reached out to Apple for comment on the matter. The report states that Apple was also able to quash bills in North Dakota and Louisiana. Apple continues to face legal and legislative pressure in a number of different theaters including the US and the EU. Groups like the Coalition for App Fairness also continue to lobby against Apple in other theaters, for example in South Korea.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9