CEPIC submitted a ccompetition complaint at the European Commission in November 2013. In April 2016, there followed a second competition complaint of Getty Images. Google is accused of leveraging its dominant position in general web search to favour its own service: Google Images.
European Commission – Fact Sheet – The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.
CEPIC looks forward to the European Commission intensifying its investigations in other specialized search services such as the image sector.
Paris, 8th March 2017, the OIP announced a new complaint against Google for its anti-competitive practices.
Google filed its defense Thursday against the EU’s charges targeting Android. Thomas Vinje, an antitrust lawyer who advises FairSearch, calls Google’s description of Android as an open-source operating system “disingenuous … a phone maker that offers even a few phones that do not comply with Google’s straightjacket faces a cut-off from all of Google’s branded products.”
Google rejected European antitrust charges that it used its dominance over online search to promote its own product comparison website at the expense of rival. FairSearch responds.
Last month Africa Media Online conducted a survey to gain an understanding of how picture buyers and picture researchers are using Google to find images. 52 people responded to the short list of questions. 29 respondents were from South Africa, 8 from the UK, 7 from the USA, 2 from Germany, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from Denmark and 3 unknown.
Getty Images campaigns against anti-competitive scraping of their imagery and launches petition asking photographers to lens their voice to their action.
The Commission has sent two Statements of Objections to Google. The Commission has reinforced, in a supplementary Statement of Objections, its preliminary conclusion that Google has abused its dominant position by systematically favouring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages.
The most important news of last week is undoubtedly Getty Images’s announcement that it had filed an own anti-trust complaint at the European Commission against Google Images.