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Faut-il repenser la politique de la concurrence sur les marchés internet ?

Thierry Pénard ()

Revue internationale de droit économique, 2006, vol. t. XX, 1, issue 1, 57-88

Abstract: This article aims to understand whether or not Internet-related markets require a specific treatment and attention by antitrust authorities. Through several recent French and US antitrust cases, I emphasize the main challenges faced by competition authorities. The first challenge concerns the appreciation of concerted practices and agreements that are widespread on Internet-related markets. Secondly, how should antitrust authorities treat dominant positions, knowing that Internet-related markets are highly subject to monopolisation ? The last challenge concerns merger control since Internet-related markets are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty and immaturity. This paper states that Internet-related markets do not require to change antitrust law, but simply to enforce existing antitrust law more carefully than on traditional markets.

Keywords: Internet; antitrust policy; networks; multi-sided platforms; standardisation; monopolisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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