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Apple Subpoenas Coalition for App Fairness

Juli Clover:

Members of the Coalition for App Fairness earlier this month filed a lawsuit (via Apple Insider) attempting to prevent Apple’s subpoenas from being approved. The Coalition for App Fairness is afraid that Apple will use those private communications to retaliate against coalition members.

The Coalition for App Fairness says that it is not involved in Apple’s antitrust matters, which were filed before the coalition was formed.

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Apple is seeking a “host of documents and communications,” such as formation documents, activities, meeting minutes, recruitment efforts, membership lists, financing, communications between coalition members and potential members, and communications between coalition members and any foreign or domestic governmental entity or official relating to Apple.

I guess what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Epic was a founding member, after all. But something to be aware of before getting involved with an organization like this.

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> But something to be aware of before getting involved with an organization like this.

And perhaps that's the whole point.

Apple don't even need to succeed legally. They are just flexing their muscles and pointing out to any disaffected devs that they _might_ someday become aware of your communications.

- You've got a nice app business there. It would be a terrible shame if something were to happen to it.

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