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Digital disruption: antitrust implications of digital single market agenda

Bill Batchelor, International Law Office, May 14, 2015

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The European Commission’s digital single market agenda was launched on May 6 2015.(1) It combines a wide-ranging antitrust inquiry with a series of legislative initiatives designed to shake up online businesses across Europe and globally. The package is a mixed bag of free trade measures, with some of the initiatives reflecting the European Union’s strong free trading instincts. In respect of antitrust, the threats are imminent. Most immediately, companies in the clothing, electronics and creative content sectors can expect to receive mandatory information requests within days, demanding information and data on suspected illegal restrictive practices relating to online resale of goods and content. This inquiry is expected to inform the commission’s agenda of further antitrust prosecutions in the sector, building on the existing electronic products, pay television and video games investigations that are already underway.

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