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The Spanish Google tax, or (twice) the perfect cartel

marzo 19, 2014 No Comments

It is always tempting for firms in sectors in decline to collude. But a cartel may not always be feasible or successful. Sometimes, major competitors have no interest in playing the game (this may be so for various reasons; competitors may have a different cost structure, may be more efficient or use a different technology). The next trick is well known. If private collusion does not work, turn to the State to enforce an official cartel or to (bluntly) eliminate competition from other players. You want a well-functioning and sustainable cartel? Make sure that anti-dumping duties are imposed on your heartless competitors from other parts of the world.

Montebourg, who has become an endless source of competition-related stories, has been quite open (I admit he is very candid, both in the English and the Spanish sense of the word) about his dislike for Free Mobile and has even taken active steps to make its life more difficult. The operator has emerged as a phenomenal maverick, bringing much needed dynamism to the French mobile market. But apparently prices are too low for Monsieur le Ministre’s taste and French consumers, as responsible and forward-looking citizens of the Republic, should pay more for their calls (he has in fact referred to the ‘excesses of low-cost’). Needless to say, the three incumbent mobile operators are not particularly unhappy about the whole deal.

The proposed Google tax in Spain provides yet another example of State-enforced collusion, albeit a more subtle one (which is not difficult given that our dear Arnaud is leading the way in the abovementioned example). Traditional newspapers struggle to survive in Spain. Advertising revenues have been in steep decline for years and media groups are heavily indebted. The solution? Charge Google, which has become the default cash-cow (and access-cow), for the use of non-significant excerpts (which, I would mention in passing, sounds oxymoronic from a copyright law perspective).


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Adhesiones a la Coalición ProInternet

marzo 10, 2014 No Comments

Personas e Instituciones pueden adherirse a la firma original de Coalición ProInternet

Puedes adherirte a este texto ahora mismo:

«Me adhiero de forma personal a la Coalición Prointernet en su visión abierta e innovadora del entorno digital y su firme rechazo a determinados aspectos concretos del proyecto de reforma de Ley de Propiedad Intelectual (LPI).

La coalición cuenta con mi apoyo en su reclamación a los diferentes grupos políticos que van a intervenir en la elaboración de esta nueva normativa que escuchen las diferentes sensibilidades y criterios que hay en la sociedad española en general y en el sector de la comunicación y la economía digital en particular.

Una reforma que permita además la creación de nuevos modelos de negocio y de gestión, teniendo en cuenta a Internet como elemento transformador de todas las actividades económicas.»

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