Search regulation

Rightsholder requests

The UK government is likely to propose some regulation of search engine results in the forthcoming Communications Bill.

The proposals will likely involve requiring search engines to remove, or de-emphasise, websites that contain "infringing content" and promote sites that contain "licensed content".

Antitrust issues

Antitrust issues have been raised by the European Commission regarding Google due to its significant market-share.[1] The concerns relate to vertical services (specialised search such as news, products) being favoured by links in the general search product, the "unauthorised" use of content in the vertical search services, and the advertising associated with search results.[2]

See also

References

  1. Google given last chance to outline how it will end antitrust concerns, The Guardian, 2012-05-21
  2. Joaquín Almunia Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy Statement of VP Almunia on the Google antitrust investigation Press room Brussels, 21 May 2012