ICOMP Statement on European Parliament’s Resolution

“Given Google’s dominance in search and search advertising, and its persistent discrimination against rivals in downstream markets (such as video, maps, comparison shopping, travel, local etc), it is unsurprising that critics are concerned by what economists describe as ‘vertical leveraging’.  Structural solutions are commonly considered in such cases and have been successfully imposed in a variety of … read more

Structural Remedies in the Google Case?

Where there is both an opportunity and incentive to abuse a dominant position, there are two options for competition authorities. First, they can take effective action to place limits on future behaviour (ie prohibition) coupled with deterrent measures (ie fines).  This mainly addresses ‘opportunity’, though if the fines are sufficiently greater than the potential profit, … read more

MEPs Take the Lead in Google Case

ICOMP warmly welcomes the interest the EP and in particular MEPs Tremosa and Schwab have shown in this case.  As we have always said, the case is about the fundamental interests of European consumers and the EP is rightly focussed on their interests and indeed the Union interest at large. There was overwhelming consensus that … read more

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

Profiting from Free, One Year On

One year has passed since ICOMP published Profiting from free: the scourge of online piracy and how industry can help. The paper, written by the author and journalist Andrew Keen, provided a detailed look at how content is distributed, consumed, and monetised in today’s digital markets. It looked at the new business models being developed … read more

Geoffrey Manne’s Competition Anathema

Geoffrey Manne recently published a blog post defending Google’s abusive practices in the mobile space. The post is a mixture of mis-direction and inaccuracy that simply doesn’t hold up for anyone who scratches the surface. In the end, Manne’s post actually reveals why Google’s Android practices require in-depth investigation. Paid by Google As many of … read more