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

CEPIC Workshop on Google Images

At the beginning of June ICOMP member CEPIC held its annual conference in Berlin. At the conference, with the support of ICOMP, CEPIC organised a workshop which looked at Google Images and the associated issues for Intellectual Property. A video of the highlights from this workshop can be found below.   CEPIC Congress – Google … read more

Google must stop letting pirates aboard the “HMS Creative Industry”

Google is facing widespread criticism in the UK today for its “derisory” attempts to curb music and film piracy. The UK Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has urged Ministers to reinforce planned copyright laws with tougher sanctions against music and film pirates. As an organisation with a long-standing commitment to the protection of … read more

“A strong IP regime is an engine of growth, NOT a barrier” says UK broadcaster

This morning ICOMP attended the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s eighth evidence session to explore the ways in which broadcasters and broadcasting associations are supporting the creative economy and areas in which the UK government could contribute. Among the panel of witnesses were representatives from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BskyB. Among the … read more

Almunia issues strongest warning yet to Google

Last night, the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia issued his clearest criticism to date of Google’s business practices, revealing to the Financial Times his “conviction” that Google “are diverting [search] traffic”. “They are monetising this kind of business, the strong position they have in the general search market and this is not only a dominant position, … read more

A Glimpse Inside Google’s Antitrust Woes

On 29 October 2012, Google Inc. filed its standard quarterly financial report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  US law protects investors by requiring listed companies to disclose financial and other significant information on a regular basis. It is pretty standard practice to disclose brushes with regulatory authorities, investigations into allegations of unlawful behaviour, … read more

Copyright for the Real World

At the 2012 Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit in Brussels on Monday, Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda declared that the existing copyright protection model is outdated and stifles innovation across the European Union, saying that “it makes it harder for individuals to create content and it’s not the best way to boost creativity … read more

Online Travel Sector Faces a Significant New Challenge

Google has stepped up its assault on the online travel sector by announcing the acquisition of Frommer’s, the leading online and print travel guide business.   Frommer’s follows earlier acquisitions of ITA, the number one travel software and database provider, and Zagat, the leading restaurant review site.  These acquisitions are part of a strategy to leverage Google’s monopoly … read more

World Intellectual Property Day – 26 April 2011

Today marks the 11th annual World Intellectual Property Day, an event established by theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to dispel the notion of IP rights as recondite legal or business issues and “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The day is also dedicated to “celebrating creativity, and the … read more