Apple, Google app store fights move to the states

State legislators are pushing bills that would offer app developers like Spotify, Epic Games and Match Group a reprieve from the two tech giants' fees.

3/4/2021 12:20:00 AM

Software developers have found a new place to fight against the fees and restrictions imposed by Apple's and Google’s app stores — state capitols from Honolulu to Albany

State legislators are pushing bills that would offer app developers like Spotify, Epic Games and Match Group a reprieve from the two tech giants' fees.

By03/03/2021 03:57 PM ESTLink CopiedSoftware developers have found a new place to fight against the fees and restrictions imposed by Apple's and Google’s app stores — state capitols from Honolulu to Albany.Bills that would rein in the two tech giants' app policies are cropping up in multiple state legislatures this year, as lawmakers

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seize on rising discontent against Silicon Valley to push proposals that echo years of complaints by developers like Spotify, Epic Games and Match Group. One bill, which would let developers sidestep the two companies' 30 percent fees on digital purchases, cleared the Arizona House by a 31-29 vote Wednesday.

Last month, Apple and Google beat back a North Dakota Senate bill that would have required Apple to let iPhone and iPad users download alternative app stores and let developers change their payment options.Undeterred by that loss,the developers are focusing now on bills to let app-makers choose their own payment processors. So far, headtopics.com

that legislation has been introduced in seven states, including New York, Illinois and Massachusetts, though the Arizona bill is the farthest along.“Apple and Google have complete control over what we see on our phones, and they’re exploiting it to get even richer,” state

Rep. Regina Cobb, the Republican sponsoring the Arizona bill told POLITICO. “We can no longer afford to let Big Tech monopolize our lives.”Cobb's bill now goes to the state Senate.In Illinois, Democratic stateSen. Sara Feigenholtz said she was “really shocked” that software developers could be forced to pay as much as 30 percent while physical small businesses like bars and restaurants can shop to find the lowest processing fees.

“Our job as state lawmakers is to stick up for Illinois businesses and not allow California monopolies to perform a legitimate stickup,” said Feigenholtz, who introduced the legislation last week. “We shouldn’t be making the big guys bigger and the small guys pay.”

New York stateSen. Rachel May said she introduced her bill as part of “efforts to reduce monopoly power.” Read more: POLITICO »

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