Items tagged "Competition"

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Apple App Store Decision Marks a Win for iPhone Users, but Shows Need for Broader Reform

September 10, 2021 Antitrust , app marketplace , Apple , Competition

Last year, Epic Games sued Apple, arguing — among other things — that its restrictions on app store payments for digital goods were anticompetitive. Today, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled partly in Epic’s favor. Public Knowledge argues that this win for users also demonstrates the need for federal legislation to address anticompetitive abuses in the digital economy.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Nomination of Jonathan Kanter As Assistant Attorney General for DOJ Antitrust Division

July 20, 2021 Antitrust , Competition , DOJ

Today, President Joe Biden nominated Jonathan Kanter as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Confirmation of Lina Khan to Federal Trade Commission

June 15, 2021 Competition , FTC , public interest

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Lina Khan for the Federal Trade Commission. Public Knowledge commends Lina Khan for her work in championing the public interest and applauds her confirmation to the FTC. Khan will support needed enforcement and important reforms at the agency.

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Senate Passes Legislation to Increase Merger Filing Fees

June 9, 2021 Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , Competition , DOJ , FTC , Legislation , Mergers

Today, the Senate passed the “Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act.”

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Supreme Court Google v Oracle Decision a Fair Use Win for Consumers and Competition

April 5, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google v Oracle

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Google v Oracle. In its 2019 brief, Public Knowledge urged the Supreme Court to hold that the Java API is uncopyrightable, in accordance with longstanding tradition, industry practice, and common sense. The Court ruled in favor of Google on fair use grounds, but declined to consider the question of copyrightability.

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House Judiciary Antitrust Report Marks Vital Next Step Toward Reforming Digital Platform Market

October 6, 2020 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Big Tech , Competition , digital platforms , Report

Today, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee published a report summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. The report aims to determine where market forces have inadequately prevented abusive practices in the technology sector —  and to devise appropriate policy interventions to promote more competition and innovation to fill those gaps. 

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U.K. Competition Authority Shows the Need for a Digital Regulator in the U.S.

July 1, 2020 Antitrust , Competition , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition

Today, the Competition and Markets Authority, the U.K.’s competition enforcer, released its final digital advertising report. The report finds that both Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising markets, a situation that increases data collection while hindering innovation in the digital space. Consequently, the CMA proposes a new “Digital Markets Unit” to regulate digital platforms to promote competition.

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Public Knowledge Warns Justice Department of Potential Competition Harms from Google-Fitbit Merger

April 30, 2020 Competition , digital platforms , DOJ , Fitbit

Today, Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to carefully review Google parent company Alphabet’s proposed Fitbit acquisition due to potential harms to competition.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Examining Previous Big Tech Mergers

February 11, 2020 6(b) study , Competition , digital platforms , FTC

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would investigate prior acquisitions made by five large technology firms — including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — to determine the “terms, scope, structure, and purpose” of transactions made between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2019 as part of a 6(b) study. 

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Public Knowledge Files Comments, Consumer Letters Urging FCC to Support Broadband Competition

February 5, 2020 Broadband , Competition , consumer choice , FCC , unbundled network elements , UNEs

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Requirements in an Era of Next-Generation Networks and Services,” which proposes to roll back Unbundled Network Element (UNEs) rules that help small providers compete with incumbent monopolies. Public Knowledge opposes this, because doing so would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

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