The jury wasn’t there when I entered the courtroom — but Google and Spotify lawyers were, and they’re asking Judge Donato to seal a document that would reveal the terms of Google’s “User Choice Billing” deal with Spotify which lets the music app bypass Google’s billing system in exchange for a still-substantial share of revenue.
This surprised Judge Donato: “Right now, Google is allowing users to post its own billing system?”
It also surprised me: Google doesn’t have a standard rate for User Choice Billing? It’s making special deals for certain companies? “Disclosure of the Spotify deal would be very very detrimental for the negotiation we’d be having with these other parties,” argues Google attorney Glenn Pomerantz.
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