• http://europeforvisitors.com Durant Imboden

    Remember the SearchKing case? A federal court ruled that Google’s “PageRanks” were opinions and therefore were protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That’s a pretty compelling argument against regulating how search engines come up with their rahkings, at least within the United States.

    Also, how would forcing Google to serve up inferior search results help end users? Antitrust law isn’t about crippling successful, innovative businesses and boosting their inferior rivals; it’s about protecting the consumer. Requiring Google to index stubs, autogenerated spam, and other junk pages might be a windfall for Google’s competitors, but it would be a disservice to the public.

  • TimmyTime

    Dear SEMPO, remove the “Sponsored by Google” from your site until the FTC reads your letter :)

    —–”Remember the SearchKing case? A federal court ruled that Google’s “PageRanks” were opinions and therefore were protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That’s a pretty compelling argument against regulating how search engines come up with their rahkings, at least within the United States.”

    It’s that simple with anti-competitive action, otherwise (just one example) Microsoft can ban sites from Windows using that excuse.

    FTC can try to completely separate Google search from the rest of Google for example. Let’s see if Google Search will use Google Local as two totally separate companies.