Rise of the API copyright dead?: An updated epitaph for copyright protection of network and functional features of computer software

Rise of the API copyright dead?: An updated epitaph for copyright protection of network and functional features of computer software

By Peter S. Menell (University of California) Abstract:      After a decade of bruising legal battles, the courts and software industry norms largely resolved the costly war over the scope of copyright protection for computer software. By the mid 1990s, freedom to develop interoperable devices, systems, and software triumphed over broad copyright protection for […]

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

By Jakob Kucharczyk  The European Commission’s competition investigation into Google’s Android mobile operating system (“OS”) has raised a lot of attention and commentary. So far most comments focused on the “abuse” part of that investigation. While the issue of “abuse” is arguably the more interesting part in most Article 102 cases, the finding of a […]

Enforcement In Digital Markets

Enforcement In Digital Markets

By Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch Andreas Mundt, president of the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”), recently emphasized the important role of competition authorities in tackling antitrust concerns related to digital markets. The FCO has been at the forefront of competition law enforcement in Europe when it comes to the digital economy. It is fair to […]

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

By Benjamin Edelman  Google’s widely-used Android operating system is open source software. Any developer who wishes to examine the source code can download it in full. Any device manufacturer that wishes to install “bare Android” can do so free of any Google apps whatsoever, and subject to minimal restrictions and few obligations to Google or […]

Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

By Lina Khan (Yale University) Abstract:     Amazon is the titan of twenty-first century commerce. In addition to being a retailer, it is now a marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house, a major book publisher, a producer of television and films, a fashion designer, a […]

The dawn of the big data monopolists

The dawn of the big data monopolists

By Akiva A. Miller (New York University School) Abstract:     There is a sea change in regulators’ approach to competition and big data. In the past, competition regulators tended to dismiss Big Data as a competitive concern, generally believing Big Data uses to be irrelevant or pro-competitive in digital markets. But in recent years that […]

Beyond ‘Hipster Antitrust’: A Critical Perspective on the European Commission’s Google Decision

Beyond ‘Hipster Antitrust’: A Critical Perspective on the European Commission’s Google Decision

Posted by Social Science Research Network Beyond ‘Hipster Antitrust’: A Critical Perspective on the European Commission’s Google Decision By Angela Daly (Queensland University of Technology) Abstract:      This contribution offers a critical socio-legal perspective on the European Commission’s Decision in the Google Shopping investigation. In particular, three outstanding issues, concerning Google’s data collection, algorithmic […]