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Google, FTC Settle Antitrust Case

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about a year ago

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itwbennett writes "According to an ITworld report, 'Google has agreed to change some of its business practices, including allowing competitors access to some standardized technologies, to resolve a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust complaint against the company.' This includes 'allow[ing] competitors access to standards-essential patents the company acquired along with its purchase of Motorola Mobility.' Also among the business practices Google has agreed to stop is 'scraping Web content from rivals and allegedly passing it off as its own, said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.'"
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hmm (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about a year ago | (#42465315)

this sounds suspicious "Google has agreed to allow competitors access to standards-essential patents the company acquired along with its purchase of Motorola Mobility in 2012, the FTC said."

So, basically google has agreed to change nothing? They never refused access to standards essential patents, Apple and MS wanted access without paying for them.
So basically, the FTC found nothing and got google to reword a promise to continue to function as they have before. I don't see how scraping a website somehow means it's google's content.

If they really wanted to do something to benefit society (and not google) - as is the FTC's AntiTrust role by the definition of the very phrase, they'd require android to be GPLv3 instead of apache. Not that this is Google's fault (it's Sun's), but at least there'd be a benefit.

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