• Durant Imboden

    I wonder what the EU will come up with next? Maybe it could go after Wikipedia, which has a dominant share (some might say “a monopoly”) in the online-encylopedia market. Wikipedia could be required to stop favoring its own articles in citations, and to abandon the use of the “nofollow” attribute with external links.

    Or maybe the EU will come to its senses and realize that it has no business regulating the design and editorial policies of Web sites.

  • http://twitter.com/cryptblade cryptblade

    maybe they want to settle because they know once they are broke and broken, they have not a single authority that can continue this sham suit against Google, can’t prosecute, can’t enforce any judgement against Google. they want “cash now”. just saying. Europe is DONE.

  • Sheldon Campbell

    While I can appreciate the arguments that Google never declared itself to be anything other than a for-profit business, so it’s understandable that they should feel no obligation to give their competition equal billing/time, the fact of the matter is, they are effectively a monopoly, by definition. As such, they essentially lose some of their “rights” under law. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but as the law currently stands, it is what it is.

    What I see as VERY problematic, for any business that eventually grows to the point of being considered a monopoly, that determination is highly subjective, and the transition point is most invisible to those inside the company. It seems to me that it would be more fair to set a threshold at which point a company could know beforehand that they would suddenly be required to play by different rules… maybe a market share percentage, for instance. That could be foreseen by forecasts, prepared for, and dealt with. Some companies might even opt to “pull in their horns” before crossing that arbitrary line, rather that subject themselves to new rules.

    But to penalize a company for simply crossing that arbitrary and invisible line seems both pointless and petty.

    The third and fourth issues raised by the European Commission may have some validity, and if so, probably deserve sanctions. But as to Google showing preference for their own business over those of their competitors, I find that to be total nonsense. Of course they do! They’d be derelict if they didn’t. Perhaps they should be put on notice, if a case can be made that they are a monopoly, but no fines or penalties should be levied. Give them a reasonable time-frame in which to either remedy their actions or reduce their market share to a set percentage… that would make a lot more sense, IMO.

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