Stretching EU Competition Law Tools for Search Engines and Social Networks

Internet Policy Review 2015, Vol. 4, No. 3.

10 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015

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Inge Graef

Tilburg Law School; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Date Written: September 3, 2015

Abstract

Because of their multi-sided and dynamic nature, the application of competition law to online platforms may prove challenging. The paper maintains that existing competition concepts are flexible enough to be adequately applied to search engines and social networks. It is argued that, in order to take the fast-moving nature of these industries into account, relevant markets should not be defined along strict product boundaries and that the strength of potential competition constitutes a better indicator for dominance than the size of market share. Such an approach would make competition analysis more conducive to innovation and would better recognise its role in the dynamic online intermediary sector.

Keywords: EU competition law, innovation, search engines, social networks

Suggested Citation

Graef, Inge, Stretching EU Competition Law Tools for Search Engines and Social Networks (September 3, 2015). Internet Policy Review 2015, Vol. 4, No. 3., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655555

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