Items tagged "Competition"

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Supreme Court Gives Competition a Booster Shot in Landmark Fair Use Decision

April 6, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google , Google v Oracle , Litigation , Oracle , Oracle v. Google , Supreme Court

I’m happy about the Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision in Google v. Oracle, affirming that Google’s reimplementation of the Java API for Android was a fair use and thus not copyright infringement. Google and Oracle’s competitions can breathe a sigh of relief, since a result that went the other way could have seriously inhibited the ability […]

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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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U.S. v. Sabre Decision Is Wrong About Platform Markets

April 9, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , Department of Justice , Litigation

I’m very concerned about yesterday’s decision in U.S. v. Sabre, the antitrust case examining the merger of Sabre and Farelogix, two airline ticket software companies. Aside from the consolidation of the airline ticket software industry, the decision includes a really troubling interpretation of the already problematic American Express decision from 2018, potentially making it more […]

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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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Sonos Needs Regulatory Protections For Competitive Concerns, Not a Blockade of Consumer Products

January 23, 2020 Competition , Competition Policy , ITC , Platform Competition , Sonos

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the R Street Institute filed a comment at the International Trade Commission, arguing that it should deny Sonos’s request that categories of consumer products be blocked from import. On the merits, Public Knowledge finds Sonos’s ITC request runs contrary to the public interest. However, this is not an indictment against Sonos’s legitimate competition concerns. These competitive concerns demand resolution if consumers are to benefit from real, interoperable choices in the growing Internet of Things marketplace.

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FCC Formally Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger. Deal Likely to Harm Consumers, Competition

November 5, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , consumer choice , Mergers , Sprint/T-Mobile , Wireless Competition , wireless network

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released its Order formally approving the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

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