The Epic Games v Apple legal debacle over the App Store has ramped up again today as both sides return to court for an appeal over the rules. That appeal - coming from Apple after their antitrust suit win against Epic - is to not change the App Store rules after being ordered to allow developers to add in-app links to third-party sites where payments are accepted.
The appeal started at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and still streaming live on YouTube for anyone interested. According to MacRumors, the discussion will focus on Apple and Epic arguing on the original court ruling. The former pleads against the injunction mandate that forces App Store changes, and the latter on revealing the "multiple legal errors" from the initial rule alongside debating for sideloading to be allowed.
Apple believes Epic's accusations of anticompetitive conduct were "unfounded" and "unprecedented" on all fronts, which they attest was why they lost the previous trial. Furthermore, Apple says Epic has made far-reaching claims for antitrust law and thinks the ruling has no basis to be overturned on appeal. For the most part, Apple states the App Store rules are not unfair and do not engage in anticompetitive behavior, which Epic will argue against in court today.
Whichever way this all lies at the end of the day is not certain. It's more likely for the legal battle between these two giants to last longer before seeing a resolution.
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