Twilight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Hubris: Google Will Face at Least Two Antitrust Investigations in Europe

Music Technology Policy

Good things come to those who wait
So just relax and wait for fate…

from Love You Madly by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn


According to the Wall Street Journal (EU files formal charges against Google):

European Union regulators formally accused GoogleInc. of violating the bloc’s antitrust laws by abusing its dominance of online search, escalating a long-running case that had stalled for years despite three separate attempts at a settlement.

Wednesday’s move is the first time that any regulator has filed formal antitrust charges against the California search giant, putting the EU in the vanguard of a global debate over the regulation of giant Internet platforms.

In a statement, EU regulators said they had reached the preliminary conclusion that Google “systematically positions and prominently displays its comparison shopping service in its general search results pages, irrespective of its merits.” That conduct started in 2008, the…

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