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Google Calls For A Day In Apple Vs Epic Court

The Federal Court will let Google have limited rights to appear in the current court battle between Apple and Epic Games, pending a final rule.

The technology giant wants to bat for Apple’s side of the court against Epic, while the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will appear on policy issues as a friend of the court.

Justice John Middleton said Google may make written submissions of up to five pages in length, which will be considered on June 9, centring on whether Apple can first have the matter heard in the US.

In the original hearing, Justice Nye Perram said that, even though the case was being heard under Australian competition rules, it should be heard first in the US, because the contract between the two parties was made in the US.

Epic is accusing Apple of abuse of market power by charging 30 percent of all money made on mobile apps.

Apple and Google control 100pc of the Australian mobile app market – and both charge 30pc of app revenues.

Google also pays Apple US$10 billion (A$12.94 billion) a year to ensure its search engines appear at the top of its systems.

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