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India’s antitrust body orders Google inquiry after news publishers complain

In
its order, the Competition Commission of India, or CCI said Google dominates
certain online search services in the country and may have imposed unfair
conditions on news publishers.

Google
did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The
complainant, Digital News Publishers Association, which comprises the digital
arms of some of India’s biggest media companies, said Google denied fair
advertising revenue to its members.

“In
a well-functioning democracy, the critical role played by news media cannot be
undermined,” the CCI order said. “It appears that Google is using its
dominant position in the relevant markets to enter/protect its position in the
market for news aggregation service.”

News
organisations, which have been losing advertising revenue to online aggregators
such as Google, have complained for years about tech companies using stories in
search results or other features without payment.

The
CCI order also mentioned new rules in France and Australia – fuelled by media
lobbying and public pressure – that have led to licensing deals around the
world collectively worth billions of dollars.

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