Has Google learned Microsoft's antitrust lessons?

J.Greene, here.

J'aime l'info: plateforme de contributions volontaires pour les médias en ligne


It’s Time for the Recording Industry to Stop Blaming "Piracy" and Start Finding A New Way

EFF, here.

The clear role of public authorities in cloud computing

N.Kroes, here

Carburanti: Antitrust avvia indagine conoscitiva su meccanismo indice Platt's e su rete distributiva

Qui. Vedi anche il recente "INFORME DE SEGUIMIENTO DEL INFORME DE CARBURANTES PARA AUTOMOCIÓN" pubblicato dalla spagnola Comisión Nacional de la Competencia. 

Broader issues in applying UK merger regime and possible improvements

C.Maxwell, here

Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship

J.Donovan, C.Watson, here

Hal Varian on Google's Value to US Users and Advertisers

A.Tsotsis (TechCrunch), here. See also Google's "Where we get our numbers"

Preemptive Action Seeks Ruling That Would Prohibit Monsanto From Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Contaminated By Roundup Ready Seed

Driving Innovation: A Case for Targeted Competition Policy in Dynamic Markets

J.Galloway, here

Refusal to Supply and Margin Squeeze: A Discussion of Why the 'Telefonica Exceptions' are Wrong

D.Geradin, here

Rome Tribunal's preliminary ruling on Yahoo's liability for contributory infringement

Here (in Italian).

Recent decisions of the Paris Court of Appeal involving Google: towards an extra duty of surveillance for hosting providers?

C.Jasserand, here

Trafficlieferanten der Medien: Facebook gewinnt, Google verliert

H.Schmidt, FAZ.net (hier)

GPL-Verletzung durch Android-Code?

S.Labesius, hier

EU Competition Commissioner on some hot issues

Interview with J.Almunia, here.
Some personal picks:

Dynamic Competition in the Newspaper Industry

C.Varney, here.
Business review letters concerning the Global News Service and the AP's News Registry respectively are referred to in Varney's remarks. 

EU Competition law and Energy: Recent cases and issues

C.Gauer, J.Ratliff, here


March 24, 2011, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, in Association with the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), livestreaming event at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (6:00 p.m. in Geneva, CH)

Rejection of the Google Books Amended Settlement Agreement: Nine Snippets

Judge Danny Chin: "Before the Court is plaintiffs' motion pursuant ,to Rule
23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for final approval of
the proposed settlement of this class action on the terms set
forth in the Amended Settlement Agreement (the "ASA"). The
question presented is whether the ASA is fair, adequate, and
reasonable. I conclude that it is not."
Nine significant snippets:

Les quatre affaires Google de contrefaçon

The Newsonomics of The New York Times’ pay fence

K.Doctor, here

Cooperation between the OFT and China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC)

From the OFT's Press release:
"In the context of China's new Anti-Monopoly Law, the OFT will exchange expertise on issues including abuse of dominance, the relationship between intellectual property and competition and market definitions. The MOU also facilitates co-operation with China in handling common and complex consumer protection issues such as cross-border purchasing and protecting consumers online."

In Search of a Competition Law Fit for Developing Countries

E.Fox, here

Trade Secrets and Antitrust Law

H.First, here.

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, to help protect ‘open internet’

FT.com, here

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Law That Removes Works from the Public Domain

EFF, here

Urheberrechtliche Gestaltung von Open-Access-Repositorien

Dossier zum  IUWIS-Workshop am 02. März 2011.

Reconsidering Competition

M.Stucke, here.

Googles Think Tank stößt Debatte um neues Urheberrecht an

Heise online News, hier.

The State of Online Consumer Privacy

J.Leibowitz, here. More about the US Senate Hearing here. Read also V.Reding, Your data, your rights: Safeguarding your privacy in a connected world for a EU perspective. 

Geldbußen in Höhe von 38 Mio. € gegen drei Hersteller von Konsumgütern wegen des unzulässigen Austauschs über wettbewerbsrelevante Informationen

Aus der Pressemeldung des Bundeskartellamtes:" Die Kenntnis über die zu erwartenden Forderungen des Einzelhandels sowie die Reaktionen der maßgeblichen Wettbewerber auf diese Forderungen, konnten das eigene Marktverhalten ebenso entscheidend beeinflussen, wie die Information über beabsichtigte Preiserhöhungen der Konkurrenz. Informationen dieser Art werden von den Unternehmen normalerweise hoch vertraulich behandelt".

SPD will mit Zweitverwertungsrecht Open Access ermöglichen

Commissioning and competition in the public sector

OFT, here.
From the Press Release: "The OFT's 'Commissioning and Competition in the Public Sector' study, published today, argues that having an open, transparent and competitive tender process is not enough on its own to ensure that public services markets are open and contestable, both over the short-term and long-term. Achieving effective competition in public services must also involve: reducing barriers to entry and exit, encouraging a diverse supplier base and ensuring suppliers have the right incentives to make efficiency savings, raise quality and innovate."

The Next Digital Decade: How Will the Internet Change by 2020?

Ideas in action, J.Glassman. Guests: L. Downes, G.Manne, here

The State of the News Media 2011

Pew Research Center, here

African Competition Forum launched in Nairobi

The launch was announced during a two days conference jointly hosted by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Kenya Monopolies and Price Commission, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Finance together with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) The newly appointed Chair, Mr Francis Kariuki said: “The ACF will raise awareness and provide support as widely as possible for the creation of strong competition regimes in Africa. The  Forum will share information on appropriate practices in competition law and enforcement and will collaborate in building institutional capacity throughout the continent.”

Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses

Association of American University Presses, here.

How-To for Sustainable Creativity in the Digital Era

Collective rights management bodies in Hungary and Romania take steps to improve competition


US Government draft of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

From KEI, here

Upon Further Review: Will The NFL's Trademark Licensing Practices Survive Full Antitrust Scrutiny? The Remand of American Needle v. National Football League

M.Edelman, here

Australian Internet Industry Association to Develop Code of Practice following iiNet

Conseil Constitutionnel Français au sujet de la loi LOPPSI


Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trade Mark System

Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, here.

US Supreme Court not to review payments by brand name pharmaceutical companies to generics in settlement of patent infringement litigation

EU Court of Justice: The draft agreement on the creation of a European and Community Patent Court is not compatible with European Union law


The Sound of One Hand Clapping: The 2010 Merger Guidelines and the Challenge of Judicial Adoption

J.Stone, J.Wright, here



US Supreme Court Justice Breyer on "l'économique" and the judges

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered a very nice speech (in impressive French), March 7, 2011 at the invitation of the Association Internationale de Droit Economique, in Paris (disclosure: I'm a member of that association). The title of the Seminar was "La prise en compte de l'Economique par la Cour Suprême des Etats-Unis, des cours supérieures européennes (CJUE, Cour de Cassation, Conseil Constitutionnel français, etc …)", thus, roughly, on the relevance of economics ("l'Economique", by that meaning, possibly, economic theories, models but also bare economic data) in taking legal decisions at the highest court instances, both in the US and France (but also, as other speakers covered, in Belgium).

This is my personal take on that intense speech.

The future of European competition law in high-tech industries


Die schwierige Arbeit der Internet-Enquete

Die Zeit, hier

EU Commission closes probe into Hollywood studios after they change terms of contracts for digitisation of European cinemas


US Senate Judiciary Committee on “Targeting Websites Dedicated To Stealing American Intellectual Property”


Tom Adams
President and CEO
Rosetta Stone Inc.
Arlington, VA

Scott Turow
Authors Guild
New York, NY

Christine N. Jones
EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
The Go Daddy Group, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ

Thomas M Dailey (at 51:51)
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Arlington, VA

Denise Yee
Senior Trademark Counsel
Visa, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

The Dynamics of Disruptive Innovation: How will content-based business succeed?

P. de Sa, Presentation, Webcast (at 24:33).

Canadian Competition Bureau Announces Plans to Moderately Revise the Merger Enforcement Guidelines

Here. Among the announced revisions:
"- clarify that merger review is not a linear process that must start with market definition, but rather an iterative process in which evidence of market concentration is considered alongside other evidence of competitive effects, with the goal of determining whether a merger creates or enhances market power" and
"- provide more detailed guidance on how the Bureau assesses the unilateral effects of a merger, particularly in light of current economic thinking"

Gartner Lowers PC Forecast as Consumers Diversify Computing Needs Across Devices

Advocate General Ján Mazák on banning internet sales in selective distribution agreements

Opinion in Case C-439/09 Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS v Président de l'Autorité de la Concurrence & Ministre de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi.

Antitrust and Apple’s iPad Magazine Subscription Pricing

J.Gans, here


R.Brandenburger, here. "Compare" with J. Almunia, New Transatlantic Trends in Competition Policy, here

L’actualité du droit matériel des pratiques anticoncurrentielles

N.Petit, ici.

Metcash-Franklins Merger: Australian Federal Court to Decide

Australian Senate, Economics References Committee's Report


Exceptions and limitations to copyright with regard to libraries, education and print disabled persons - European Parliament P7C050 - 13th April 2011 10.00-13.00 

10.00 Introduction

Luigi Berlinguer MEP - Overview of the issues
Ádám Kósa MEP President Disability Intergroup - Copyright and disabled people’s rights
Ben White –IFLA/EBLIDA / British Library - The case for Education and Libraries

10.30 Panel 1. The book famine- what are the barriers and solutions?
Wolfgang Angermann– European Blind Union
European Dyslexia Association- Raymond Claes
Q&A from the floor

11.00 Panel 2. A WIPO treaty for print disabled people?

Rodolfo Cattani EBU - Rationale for a treaty and the campaign so far
David Hammerstein – Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
Q&A from the floor

11.45 Panel 3. Limitations and exceptions to copyright. Opinion of the EP, Commission and Council

An MEP perspective: F. Keller, F.Sosa Wagner.
The Commission’s position (speaker TBC)
Council position – Representative from Hungarian Presidency
Dan Pescod – European Blind Union
Q&A from the floor

12.45 Conclusions
Concluding remarks - Luigi Berlinguer MEP

    Cross-border merger control in Japan

    A.Goto, here

    Commissioner Barnier tells the European Blind Union the EU does not support a treaty for persons with disabilities

    Here, from KEI (the actual letter here).

    Business Sues Facebook to Restore Its Fan Page--Complexions v. Complexions Day Spa

    E.Goldman, here.

    The Irish Competition Authority in Difficult Economic Times

    Annual Report 2010, here.

    Zum Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger: Monopolkommission v. Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger

    J.Haucap (Monopolkommission), hierD. Wolff (BDZV), hier.

    Google book search choices

    G. Occhipinti Trigona, here.

    Fifth Annual Law & Information Society Symposium: Mobile Devices, Location Technologies & Shifting Values

    March 25, 2011 Fordham University, program.

    EU Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the e-book publishing sector

    Österreichisches Kartellgericht: Preisabsprachen gestattet?

    Hier (s. auch Kartellblog)