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‘I’d do it again,’ says the man at the center of Apple’s e-book case

Eddy Cue, Apple Inc. Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, speaks during an Apple event in San FranciscoEddy Cue, Apple Inc. Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, speaks during an Apple event in San Francisco
Eddy Cue, Apple Inc. Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services.Photograph by Robert Galbraith — Reuters

Two weeks before Apple’s date with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Fortune’s Roger Parloff has capped a first-rate summary of the case with a scoop: The first press interview with Eddy Cue, the Apple operative at the center of what a district judge ruled was an illegal conspiracy to fix the price of e-books.

Although Fortune’s antitrust expert characterizes Apple’s appeal as an uphill fight, Cue is unrepentant.

“If I had it to do all over again, I’d do it again,” he tells Parloff. “I’d just take better notes.”

Parloff, who covered the e-book antitrust trial with me in June 2013, is Fortune’s top legal writer.

The elephant in the courtroom on Dec. 15, he writes, will be Amazon — “the much admired and greatly feared ­discounter, which is not a party in the case. Yet the unposed question hovering over the proceedings will be: Did the regulators target the right bully?”

Parloff’s story for the Dec. 22 issue of Fortune was posted online Monday morning.

For students of the case, it’s a must read.

Link: Second Bite: Can Apple clear its name in the ebooks drama?

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