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摘要: 亚马逊服务国际公司取消了其卖方合同中的定价条款。

慑于反垄断调查,亚马逊取消Kindle电子书采购合同中的MFN条款

[导读:据日本每日新闻网(Mainichi Japan)的消息,2017815日,日本公平贸易委员会(JFTC)发布公告称,亚马逊服务国际公司(亚马逊集团在日本经营电子书业务的子公司)取消了其合同中的“最惠国待遇”(MFN)定价条款。根据该条款的约定,电子书供应商在向亚马逊服务国际公司供货时,应保证在产品种类、范围和价格上均给予不低于向其他平台供货的条件。此次取消定价条款意味着,出版商通过在线零售巨头亚马逊的Kindle电子书商店进行销售,将不再需要保持他们的价格等于或低于亚马逊竞争对手的标价。此前,JFTC曾怀疑亚马逊的上述“最惠国待遇”条款违反相关反垄断法律规定,故对其展开调查。而亚马逊随即表示将重新审查相关政策,故该调查在今年6月以后被暂时搁置。(本文源自日本每日新闻官方网站。导读系本公众号原创,转载请注明文字出自本公众号。)]

Publishers selling through online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.s Kindle eBook store will no longer have to keep their prices equal to or lower than those for the same items sold through Amazons rivals, following a change to e-book store contracts.

Amazon Services International, Inc. -- an Amazon affiliate that offers e-books in Japan --abolished the pricing clause in its seller contracts, according to anannouncement by the Japan Fair Trade Commission on Aug.15.

Before the clause was removed, Amazon Services International had also asked suppliers to take certain steps regarding product range, in addition to retail price. Specifically, the firm had asked vendors to stock either the same product range, or a wider one, than that offered by rival firms.

However, on Aug.4, it is understood that the Japan Fair Trade Commission received a report from Amazon Services International, stating that the latter had independently re-examined this particular clause.

The contractual clause in question is referred to as a "most favored nation (MFN)"treatment clause. The Japanese company Amazon Japan GK has also used the MFN clause -- in its business arrangements with firms that sell via the online retail site, "Amazon Marketplace." Amazon Japan was investigated over this clause by the Japan Fair Trade Commission on suspicion of violating the Antimonopoly Act, but the investigation process was dropped in June,after the Japanese firm showed that it had re-examined its policy.

Speaking on the matter, aPR spokesperson for Amazon Japan said, "We will continue to strive toward improving our e-book reading experience."

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