For whom was Google really built?

In recent blogposts and speeches, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) has attempted to refute claims against his company about its prolonged and sustained anticompetitive practices. Google was built for users, not websites, he says. Adding insult to injury, he goes on to deny that Google promotes its own products and services to the detriment of … read more

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS

On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support of the Commission’s long-running antitrust investigation of Google. In doing so, News Corp. added its voice to the growing chorus of European publishers, consumer organisations, Internet companies and many others who believe Google is abusing … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more

ICOMP Open Letter

Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – Google I am writing on behalf of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) which is both a formal complainant in the Google case and includes a number of Council Members that are formal … read more

If at first you don’t succeed…

As has been expected, this morning the European Commission announced it would issue formal requests for information (RFIs) on the revised commitments proposed by Google to “complainants in the ongoing proceedings and from all those who responded to the initial market test.” It has been suggested that some 125 RFIs have been sent out and the Commission … read more

Standing at the Crossroads

This summer, the world wide web finds itself at a crossroads. One path leads to a competitive and prosperous internet in which consumer privacy is protected, IP rights are defended, innovation flourishes and which will help fuel Europe’s economic recovery. The other leads to an internet which is little more than a private content-generator and … read more

Internet Behaviour Examined

The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) yesterday published a piece of research called “Being online: an investigation of people’s habits and attitudes”, which looks at a number of aspects of online behaviour and examines how citizens and consumers use the internet and interact with online services. The research, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, found overall that … read more

Google’s commitments: too little, too late?

Following weeks of speculation, we are pleased to see the publication of a market test noticeand look forward to the opportunity to analyse and respond to Google’s proposal in a constructive manner. It is vital to ensure that the market test is thorough and robust and is not simply an exercise to “tick the boxes”. As … read more