ICOMP Announces ASMP as a New Member

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) is delighted to announce the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers, as our latest Council Member. ASMP’s Executive Director Eugene Mopsik said, “We are delighted to have joined the ICOMP Council, ICOMP’s support and respect for intellectual … read more

Above the law?

Google’s record of obstructing government investigations is growing by the day.  The latest example comes from Texas, where it is being reported that Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, has launched legal proceedings against Google for failure to co-operate with the state’s antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising monopoly (The State of Texas v. Google Inc., case … read more

Google’s Domain Name Land Grab: What It Means For Consumers, Businesses, and the Web

Earlier today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the entity that assigns web addresses to web sites and other online destinations, revealed the names of entities that had applied for a new generation of generic “top-level” domain names (“gTLDs”). What does this mean for everyday web users? Quite simply, whereas people today … read more

CEPIC Response to Google Agreement with French Publishers

The framework agreement was announced on Monday between the Syndicat National de l’Edition (National Syndicate of Publishers) the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) and Google, constituting a hard fought victory for the whole of the online book market, and a first step towards the recognition of the need for the protection of cultural and artistic heritage. … read more

ICO Re-opens the Case into Street View Data Gathering

Following an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has today has asked for more information from Google regarding the gathering of personal data by its Street View cars. The ICO, in a letter to Google stated that personal information such as complete email messages, instant messages and their content, medical listings and … read more

Would the Real Search Neutrality Please Stand Up

As the gateway to the Internet for the vast majority of users, Google has unparalleled influence over which content and services people discover, read, and use. Before Google’s need for growth compelled it to look beyond horizontal search, this unfettered market power wasn’t necessarily a problem. Google tended to focus its efforts on providing the … read more

ICOMP Letter to Commissioner Almunia

Last week ICOMP members gathered in Brussels to take part in their quarterly Council Meeting; a series of discussions, meetings and events related to the ICOMP principles. Amongst the many topics discussed was the recent announcement by Commissioner Almunia that he has outlined to Google four specific areas of concern following a lengthy investigation into … read more

Competition, Creativity, and Copyright: Signs of Hope on Two Sides of the Atlantic

In courtrooms and government offices across the world, a drama is unfolding on the future of the Internet.  At issue is whether the rules that protect consumers and creators in the off-line world–especially against monopoly abuse and theft–apply with equal force online.  At stake is whether consumers can look forward to a future filled with … read more

Google “upgrades” Google Product Search – becomes ‘pay-to-play’

On 31 May 2012, Google announced the conversion of its up to now free service Google Product Search into a pay-to-play listing website that shares some characteristics with Google AdWords. Although the results displayed will apparently be labelled as having an advertising character (differentiating them from the ‘organic’ search results), Google will continue to display links to … read more