Apple Inc.may face a reduced punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices under a new proposal from the government.
The Department of Justice suggested in a court filing Friday that it would halve the length of a proposed injunction to five years. The injunction would keep the company from entering deals with publishers that would limit price competition.
The proposal includes a chance to seek a number of one-year extensions, if warranted. It also proposes staggering renegotiations of Apple’s contracts with publishers.
Apple could not be immediately be reached for comment.
The government says it made the modification based on concerns the original proposal would outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple in a fast-changing industry. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.