Finally act against Google’s anti-competitive practices

Google keeps users to itself, and no longer plays the role of an intermediary to direct users to the vast wealth of Internet websites. It captures them and directly offers content produced by others, depriving them of their intellectual property rights.

On the Google-Getty agreement

CEPIC has received with interest the news about a cooperation agreement which has been reached between Getty Images and Google Inc., two leaders in their respective field.

Google Shopping Case

The link to the decision of the European Commission on the Google Shopping Case is posted here.

Reactions to the European Commission’s decision on Google Shopping

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.

Comment on Google’s response to European Commission charges on Android

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.”

Statement by Thomas Vinje, counsel to FairSearch

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.

Africa Online: How Picture Researchers are finding images online

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.