Russian legislator tries to curb mobile app payments for Apple and Google

By Nadezhda Tsydenova

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian legislator on Tuesday submitted draft legislation that would cut commissions on the sale of mobile applications by tech giants Apple and Google.

The bill introduced in the lower house of the Parliament of Russia by legislator Fedot Tumsov states that commission on the sale of applications will be capped at 20%. Currently Apple collects 30% commission on sales in its App Store.

If the bill is adopted, it will also force app sellers to pay a third of their commission for a special training fund for IT specialists on a quarterly basis.

“Reducing commissions and the ability to bring products to users is a growth opportunity for IT developers,” Tumsov wrote on social media.

The news comes in the form of an app maker, including Epic Games, challenging Apple and Google’s right to charge a large commission on their sales.

Last week a US federal judge blocked Apple Inc. from shutting down Epic Games equipment that was trusted by hundreds of other app makers but became the subject of an antitrust fight between the companies.

Russia’s anti-monopoly service last month accused Apple of misusing its dominant position on the mobile app market through its App Store. It demanded that the company correct its violations.

Apple said at the time that it would appeal the decision.

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