The European Commission Has Reached an Agreement Over New Copyright Rules

The European Commission has reached an agreement over new copyright rules, including the controversial Article 13 that will require platforms like YouTube to tackle copyright infringements at the point of upload. One of the objectives of the of directive is to “reinforce the position of creators and right holders,” helping them to be remunerated for […]

Kelkoo CEO: Google is ‘screwing’ entire online shopping industry

From Politico — By Nicholas Hirst The head of one of Europe’s leading price comparison websites, Kelkoo, said it’s in danger of going under next year unless the European Commission takes market-stabilizing action in its six-year case against Google Shopping. “We might not even survive another 18 months if there is not a decision soon,” Richard […]

EU May Revise Google’s Antitrust Settlement

European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up their investigations into Google Inc. on several fronts, including revisiting a proposed settlement over its search-engine practices that has met with unprecedented opposition. The European Commission is likely to revise some terms of the proposed settlement with Google that were announced in February.  See Wall Street […]

“I Discipline Google”

In response to Mathias Döpfner’s letter in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (http://blog.pacaoffice.org/?p=1904), Joaquin Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition, retorts some of the allegations as the Google anti-trust investigation continues to heat up. “It is not true that the European Commission lets Google continue its abusive business practices. Under the […]

EU Google investigation: Adequate answers still not found. BEUC files complaint asserting consumer interest

The European Consumer Organisation has stepped up its involvement in the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into how Google Inc. puts its preferred services atop search results while demoting rivals, particularly in price comparison searches. Currently an ‘interested party’, essentially having observer status, BEUC has today applied to be a formal complainant. The European Commission has […]

Google’s Almunia Deal Said to Be Criticized by EU Officials

It seems that several of the members of the European Commission are opposed to the EU’s decision to strike a deal with Google which would resolve their three-year-old dispute.  Two news articles have appeared today that show some strife within the Commission.  You can read the Bloomberg article here and the Reuters one here. Elaine […]