ICOMP Announces ProSiebenSat.1 as a New Member

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) is delighted to announce ProSiebenSat.1, the largest television company in Germany, as our latest Council Member Conrad Albert, Head of Legal, Distribution and Regulatory Affairs, commented, “we advocate fair rules for every single provider of audio-visual content and thus support the objectives of ICOMP”. He continued saying, … read more

Remedying the Google Problem

The debate about what remedies are needed to solve the Google problem is in danger of missing the point.  The problem is an absence of effective competition in search and search advertising and any remedy must restore that competition. At the heart of the competition rules, both in the EU and the US, is the … 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Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda declared that the existing copyright protection model is outdated and stifles innovation across the European Union, saying that “it makes it harder for individuals to create content and it’s not the best way to boost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

Complainant Voice Signals New Phase In Google Investigation

As Brussels moves back into work mode after a well-deserved August break, attention is back on the European Commission’s investigation into Google’s anti-competitive practices. Before the summer break, Commissioner Almunia announced at the end of July that his team would engage in ‘technical discussions’ with Google over its search practices. Although we’ve yet to see … read more

EU Data Protection regulation – an update

Earlier this year European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, announced that she sought to effect a major reform of the EU legal framework on the protection of personal data. The Commission noted that the original legislation, passed in 1995, was “fragmented and outdated” and did not address key issues that had arisen in the new digital age. They … read more