Posted December 8, 2010 10:19 am by with 5 comments

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I think most of you know how we have felt about the EU / EC’s attempts to investigate Google as a monopoly based on complaints by a few whiners in the search space. Well, it is refreshing to see someone who doesn’t have a US accent talk about the EU’s apparent lack of understanding of the digital world of business.

Matthew Lynn of Bloomberg gives his point of view in the video below (there is an ad at the start).

Lynn Says EU Trust Busters Fail to Understand Monopolies
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I am not trying to prove that I am right but what I am relieved by is that not everyone in Europe is accepting the EU’s approach to trying to control ‘what companies can do what’ in Europe.

I got chuckle out of the fact that Lynn even went a step further than I have in my concerns when he broached the idea that the EU’s actions are anti-American. Nice!

Lynn has also written about the subject and it is worth a look.

  • Thanks for linking this video. I have been reading about it in our so called press over here in the UK and I have been amazed by the whole story! Personally I don’t think they are trying to be anti American but I do think they are using laws that are just no longer particularly relevant in the digital marketplace. Yes Google has a %90 market share of the search engines but that is not through them out pricing their competitors. They have just been doing a better job!

    I would be surprised to see the other search engines getting enough traffic to enable them to rank higher in Google anyway! Lets be honest here as well, there aren’t many people that search for other search engines in Google apart from us marketers that do manual submissions of our sites! When was the last time you typed in ‘Bing’ to Google and WHY would you do that?

    Just my 2c I can’t see Google getting slapped for this any more than I can see Bing becoming the number one search engine!

  • Europe isn’t the only place where digital reality is getting ahead of digital law. The whole developed world has the same problem.

  • Wow, for a blog that is read also in the UE (I am writing from Spain) it is a little offensive to treat the Europeans like ‘anti-americans’. There are lots of companies currently investigated by the EU, which is not good, but demonstrates that these decisions are not based solely on the origin of the company.

    • @Mario – We didn’t say it. Lynn, who is from your side, did. I clearly said we had never gone that far in what we said in the past. f you are offended take it up with the source, we’re just showing it to folks.

      Watch the video then comment. That will clear it up for you.

  • when you get that big and are sitting at the top of the proverbial internet search engine mountain their is always somebody who will try to take you down…King of the Hills syndrome