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It can be hard to follow the various legal cases and judgements around Apple and its App Store across the world.

We’ve reported recently on a law in South Korea forcing all app store owners (not just Apple) to allow developers to use alternative payment systems to the official in-app purchases, as well as Apple’s planned changes in Japan – spurred by a regulatory investigation – to allow ‘reader’ apps to link to their own websites for users to register.

Today there’s some big news from the US, where a judge in Apple’s legal battle against Epic Games has ruled that the company must comply with an order to let developers add links and buttons to alternative payment options in their apps.

Apple had asked for a delay in the enforcement of the order, arguing that “it’s going to take months to figure out the engineering, economic, business, and other issues”.

The judge did not agree, although Apple can still make a further appeal to get the delay (‘stay’). If not, the order takes effect from 9 December. Spotify will be one of the companies watching developments closely.

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