Journalism, Competition, and the Digital Transition

Oliver Bethell, Matthew Bye, May 17, 2011

This article considers the role of competition law and policy in shaping the news industry’s digital transition. It begins by examining the shifting landscape for traditional media companies and describing Google’s approach to news. The article then addresses arguments that exemptions from the antitrust laws are necessary to facilitate a digital transition by traditional news providers and concludes by considering some of the emerging business models that have been the subject of recent Department of Justice Business Review Letters.

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