Competition on the Internet

  • Gintarė Surblytė

Part of the MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law book series (MSIP, volume 23)

About this book


Undeniably widespread and powerful as it is, the Internet is not beyond control: it can reach as high as the sky (cloud computing), but it cannot escape competition. Yet, protecting competition in the “network of networks” is not without challenges: not only are competitive processes in platform-based industries complex, so is competition law analysis. The latter is often confronted with the difficulties in predicting the outcome of competition, in particular in terms of innovation. Do the specific competition law issues in a digital environment presuppose a reconsideration of competition law concepts and their application? Can current competition law tools be adjusted to the rush pace of dynamic industries? To what extent could and should competition law be supplemented by regulation? This book provides an analysis of recent developments in the most relevant competition law cases in a digital environment on both sides of the Atlantic (the EU and the US) and assesses platform competition issues from a legal as well as an economic point of view.


Competition law concepts in the online environment Competition on the Internet Multi-sided markets, multi-sided platforms Network effects Platform competition, dynamic competition

Editors and affiliations

  • Gintarė Surblytė
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-55095-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55096-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5822
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5830
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