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Google’s Impact on Journalism

Posted in Journalism, Media competition, Network Neutrality
The products and services offered by Google are well known and highly regarded. Every day, millions of consumers around the globe visit the company's search engine or sites like Google News or YouTube. And for this, the company's employees and (especially) its founders have been well compensated. But there's another side to Google that consumers know very little about. That is Google the corporation, and the effect its business practices are having on competitors, and most dramatically on the professional media, news and entertainment alike… Continue Reading

Media Institute Response to ‘The Truth About Google, Search, and the Media Industry’

Posted in Digital technology, Media competition, New Media
GUEST BLOG [EDITORS’ NOTE:  Kurt Wimmer is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling LLP.  He is chairman of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council, and is the principal author of the Institute’s white paper to the Federal Trade Commission about Google’s practices.  The article below is in response to … Continue Reading

Response to The Media Institute White Paper: The Truth About Google, Search, and the Media Industry

Posted in Digital technology, Media competition, New Media
GUEST BLOG [EDITORS' NOTE: In this space we offer Google an opportunity to take issue with the White Paper that The Media Institute filed with the FTC in August.  Google's response is printed below exactly as we received it.] By Adam Kovacevich, Head of Competition, Public Policy and Public Affairs, Google (Washington, D.C., office) In … Continue Reading

Google and the Media

Posted in Media competition
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report, in June, that Google was about to be served with subpoenas as part of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into “whether the Internet giant has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising.”  If the FTC gets around to asking (under subpoena and in confidence) what … Continue Reading

Evil Is as Evil Does

Posted in Digital technology, Media competition
The search giant Google is attracting criticism from those who see in that company’s business practices a threat to professional journalism, old and new.  The latest such comes in the form of a policy paper written by media attorney Kurt Wimmer, and published online by The Media Institute. Honored this year by the Reporters Committee … Continue Reading

More on Newspapers and Aggregators

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, Journalism, Media competition, New Media, Publishing
If newspapers ultimately survive, they might owe a debt of gratitude not only to Rupert Murdoch (as Patrick Maines suggested here recently), but also to two brothers who have combined their expertise in economics and the law to analyze the problem and come up with a potential solution. As I wrote here earlier this month, … Continue Reading

A Matter of Trust

Posted in Media competition
We’ll know soon whether the proposed Google-Yahoo! advertising deal will be challenged by the Department of Justice. Certainly there are signs, most notably the hiring of antitrust litigator Sanford Litvack, that it may do so. But figuring out what is, and is not, in restraint of trade is kind of tricky these days.  In 2002, … Continue Reading

Cross Ownership: That ’70s Show in the Senate

Posted in Broadcasting, First Amendment, Media competition, Media Consolidation, Media Legislation, Media Regulation, Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership
There they go again. No, not the FCC.  This time it’s the U.S. Senate, still worried after all these years that the same company might own a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.  The Senate recently passed Senate Joint Resolution 28, which cancels a very modest attempt by the FCC to relax … Continue Reading