Epic says Apple fails to hit mark to uphold App Store injunction

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Epic filed its opposition to Apple’s appeal for a stay of changes to the App Store, claiming that Apple has not done enough to legally prove that it will be irreparably damaged by the changes, even if they are temporary.

In the United States District Court, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers September decision in the Epic-Apple lawsuit, Apple was ordered to make changes to certain policies of the App Store. While Apple appealed the decision of October 8, seeking a stay of the injunction, Epic filed its own case against Apple’s appeal on the matter.

App Store policy changes described by the judge include changes to “anti-directional” provisions, which are rules that prevent developers from telling consumers in apps that they could pay for in-app purchases and subscriptions other than through the App Store. -Mechanism of purchasing applications. Other related restrictions affect the way developers communicate with app users.

Apple’s October call and motion to stay the decision was aimed at ending rule changes, which Apple is expected to implement by December 9, but Epic understandably disagrees. with demand.

In his new Friday record, as spotted by Reuters, Epic is proposing to the court that a suspension should not be allowed in this case because Apple does not meet the legal standard for it. This standard requires Apple to demonstrate that it faces irreparable harm by complying with the order, even if it is only temporary and is overturned on appeal.

Epic’s reasoning on this includes Apple’s comments that the decision is positive in nature. The delay in Apple filing to stay the injunction is also an apparent sign to Epic that the iPhone maker wouldn’t necessarily be harmed.

“The public interest favors denial (Apple’s appeal); an injunction is the only route to effective relief,” Epic’s argument read. “History shows that without an injunction, Apple will not make any changes.”

The court will make a decision on Apple’s appeal at a hearing scheduled for November 9.

Apple has done it again some changes to its guidelines for App Store developers regarding anti-leadership provisions, updating the rules on October 22. The changes include greater flexibility for developers to contact users to advertise cheaper prices elsewhere than on the App Store, as well as allowing apps to request basic contact information from users.

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