Digital Duty to Deal, Data Portability, and Interoperability

35 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2020

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Justin (Gus) Hurwitz

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - College of Law; International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Date Written: November 11, 2020

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the development of the duty to deal doctrine in antitrust law, its application to the digital economy, and proposals for specific duties to deal, such as data portability and interoperability.

Part I outlines the development of the duty to deal doctrine in antitrust law. The development of the doctrine in the United States will be compared to that in the European Union. Popular economic justifications for the doctrine and key cases will be explored. Part II then situates this doctrine within the digital economy, focusing on the importance of getting the contours of the doctrine right in that economy. As we shall see, the law and economics of the duty to deal caution against its application to dynamic, digital markets. This will be illustrated by looking at cases where it has been applied. Part III focuses on two specific categories of duties to deal: data portability and interoperability.

Suggested Citation

Hurwitz, Justin (Gus), Digital Duty to Deal, Data Portability, and Interoperability (November 11, 2020). The Global Antitrust Institute Report on the Digital Economy 28, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3733744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3733744

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