From FOSS Patents’ “Apple may already have lost the strategic battle over antitrust market definition in multiple European jurisdictions” posted Sunday:
Never before has there been so much hope that the mobile app store tyranny may come to an end. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There’ll be appeals, and the freedom fighters of the Digital Era may experience setbacks. But the first week of March 2021 may very well be judged by history as the end of the beginning.
I’ve previously commented on the app store bill adopted by the Arizona House of Representatives. This is just the first legislative hurdle of three, and there may be court challenges even if the state senate voted in favor and the governor signed. But it shows that the app store liberation movement is able to build political majorities and overcome Apple and Google’s counterlobbying. Initiatives are underway in multiple states, and it varies by state whether Democrats or (as in Arizona) Republicans take the lead.
On the other side of the Big Pond, Apple’s purely pretextual defenses of its app store monopoly are falling apart. There were not one, not two, but three news cycles this week, two of which are bad news for Apple and the third is more likely than not to portend another decision against Apple.
My take: Mueller, whose spirited defense of free and open-source software (FOSS) standards I covered extensively during the Apple-Android and Apple-Samsung patent wars, has certainly has dialed up his rhetoric!
See also: What’s eating Florian Mueller?