A Russian lawmaker submitted draft legislation on Tuesday that would cut and cap the commission on the sale of mobile applications by tech giants Apple and Google.
The bill, submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament by lawmaker Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions on the sale of software be capped at 20%.
The bill, if adopted, would also oblige program sellers to cover a third of the commissions into a particular training fund for professionals working in the information technology sector on a quarterly basis.
“Lowering the commission and having the ability to bring products to users is a growth opportunity for IT developers,” Tumusov composed on social networking.
The news comes as app manufacturers, including Epic Games, have challenged Apple’s and Google’s right to take a huge commission on their sales.
Last week a US federal judge blocked Apple from shutting down an Epic Games tool that is relied upon by hundreds of other app makers but had become the subject of an antitrust battle between the firms.
Russia’s anti-monopoly service last month accused Apple Inc of having abused its dominant position on the mobile apps market through its App Store. It demanded that the company put right its violations.
Apple at the time said it would appeal the decision.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Nadezhda Tsydenova. Editing by Alexandra Hudson.
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