Apple may face a reduced punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices under a new proposal from the federal government.

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Apple may face a reduced punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices under a new proposal from the federal government.

The Department of Justice suggested in a court filing Friday that it would halve the length of a proposed injunction to 5 years from 10. The injunction would keep the Cupertino, Calif., company from entering deals with publishers that would limit price competition.

The proposal includes a chance to seek a number of 1-year extensions if warranted. It also proposes staggering renegotiations of Apple’s contracts with publishers.

Apple Inc. couldn’t be immediately reached.

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The government says it made the modification based on concerns that the original proposal would outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple in the fast-changing industry. But it still believes the punishment fixes competitive concerns.

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