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Epic argues Apple has 'no rights to the fruits' of its labor in 'Fortnite' filing

Added 10-24-20 08:11:02pm EST - “Apple's claims of theft in Epic's lawsuit against the company over App Store rules have been argued against by the game developer once again, with a Friday filing putting forward the idea that Epic didn't "steal" anything from Apple…” - Appleinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Appleinsider.com: “Epic argues Apple has 'no rights to the fruits' of its labor in 'Fortnite' filing | AppleInsider”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple's claims of theft in Epic's lawsuit against the company over App Store rules have been argued against by the game developer once again, with a Friday filing putting forward the idea that Epic didn't "steal" anything from Apple at all.

The latest filing in the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple over "Fortnite" and monetization in the App Store features more accusations by Epic that it is innocent of claims by Apple that it was failing to fulfill contractual commitments. Instead, Epic asserts that Apple's theft claims are absurd when applied to purchases made through its own servers.

The lawsuit covers a number of topics, but largely boils down to whether Epic should be allowed to take payments related to the iOS game through its own payment mechanism, bypassing the App Store's own transaction system that Apple mandates apps like "Fortnite" must use. Apple tossed "Fortnite" from the App Store, prompting a lawsuit from Epic that triggered the whole affair.

Apple has so far insisted its actions were for legitimate business reasons, including the threat of closing developer accounts relating to the Unreal Engine. However, Friday's filing objects to the suggestion from Apple that "Epic's flagrant disregard for its contractual commitments and other misconduct has caused significant harm to Apple."

In its response, spotted by The Verge, Epic enters an argument that its actions are a "far cry from the tortious - even purportedly criminal - conduct that Apple's Opposition depicts."

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