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Competition Policy and Antitrust

Competition policy uses economic analysis to enhance our understanding of how firm behavior affects social welfare. Scholars featured on this site consider how technology markets function, and the special issues raised by networks, platforms, interoperability, and bundling by firms like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

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Questioning Copyright in Standards

This article asks if the systematic collection of data can be protected by copyright.

By: Pamela Samuelson

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Global Antitrust (Competition)

The laws that set the ground rules prohibiting firms from engaging in anti-competitive practices are usually called “antitrust laws” in the United States, and “competition laws” in Europe and other regions. These laws differ among nations, and each country enforces its laws independently.

TAP Blog

Sharing User Search Data

Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, reports on how Google and Bing view the value of data from online user behavior.

Joshua Gans

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In Its Antitrust Debacle, Was Google's Real Victim You?

"The real question is relevance. Don’t cry for Foundem just because it shows up further down in Google search results than Google Shopping. Cry for Google users who had a harder time finding what they wanted because they had to wade through less relevant search results." — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

James Grimmelmann
Wired
April 20, 2015