DG Competition Launches 3 E-Commerce Antitrust Investigations

Brussels — European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of three investigations today involving video game makers, electronics makers and tour operators suspected of anticompetitive practices. Vestager said she wants to ensure consumers have a wider choice of goods and services, and make purchases across borders. This action follows the publication of DG Competition’s…

Industry Coalition in Support of MEP Reda’s Report on Copyright

CCIA together with four other industry trade associations issued an open statement Thursday on MEP Julia Reda’s draft report on the implementation of the Copyright Directive. Reda’s draft report is a good first step towards putting the debate around copyright reform on the right track. The report identifies some major shortcomings of Europe’s current copyright framework…

Internet Policy in the EU: An Outlook for 2015

The year 2015 promises to be a busy year for EU policymakers. The President of the new European Commission has made digital policy a priority. In EU-parlance, the aim is to create a fully integrated Digital Single Market which the Commission estimates could generate up to EUR 250 billion additional growth. However, what sounds like…

Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

The Enabling Force of our Century

It is probably fair to say that most people would agree with the statement that the Internet has strongly transformed the ways people interact with each other in the cultural, economic, private, and social contexts. Given the comparatively young age of the Internet, at least in commercial terms as most people know it, it is…