Antitrust or anti competition issues are very frequently agitated these days. Not only rival are very particular in bringing their competitors to books who are indulging in antitrust activities but even the regulatory bodies have become very vigilant in launching investigations against defaulting companies.
Perry4Law has already discussed about the Global Taxation and Antitrust Regulatory Issues In 2012 And Projections Report for 2013. The same has covered most prominent international taxation and antitrust investigations, cases and settlements of the year 2012. The research report of Perry4Law has further projected the trends for the year 2013.
The chief among these cases and settlements are Walmart probe, UK tax avoidance case, unauthorised sale of e-book in China, e-book price escalation lawsuit, EU-publishers e-books price fixing settlement, regulatory scrutiny by EU and US, etc.
The latest to add to this list is the allegations by Microsoft against its chief rival Google. Microsoft has alleged that Google executives have blocked a full-featured YouTube app for Windows Phone. These allegations have been labeled by none other than the chief lawyer of Microsoft through his blog post.
Google is already facing antitrust investigation regarding its search services and this allegation of Microsoft may put additional pressure upon Google. The antitrust investigation against Google may result in a settlement most probably within this week.
As far as our own experience with Google’s search is concerned, Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has observed that Google censored and demoted many of our blogs simply to serve its own commercial interests. For instance, the following blogs have been demoted and subjected to manual action penalty by Google without any reason and justification:
(1) Cyber Forensics In India
(2) Cyber Security In India
(3) E-Discovery Services In India
(4) E-Commerce Laws And Regulations In India
(5) Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB)
(6) Corporate Laws In India
(7) Techno Legal Online Dispute Resolution Services.
(8) International ICT Policies And Strategies, etc.
Clearly, there is substance in the allegation of misuse of s almost monopolistic position of Google’s search capabilities. Platforms that do not or are not supporting Google’s own commercial interests are frequently demoted and censored.
With the continuous censorship and SERPs manipulations by Google, we have started dedicated initiatives like websites, blogs and news censorship by Google and India blog and a LinkedIn discussion group titled websites, blogs and news censorship by Google and India.
Google is also deliberately engaging in anti DMCA activities. Google has once again removed the original and copyrighted article instead of removing the copyright infringing material. Our article titled “Cyber Security Capabilities of India Must be Strengthened” has been shifted to draft folder by ignorant employees of Google. Even after republication, the original link is not inactive.
We hope both Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and European Union (EU) would consider all the aspects before reaching any settlement regarding Google’s SERPs manipulations. Interested parties may contact us from their official e-mails ids for more information in this regard.