After the Ryanair case of January 2015 “scraping” is the flavour of the month again in Europe following the filing by Getty that Google has used content generated by rivals to promote its own services. In essence Getty claims that Google is taking pictures away from their website and making them available to the public with prejudice to its business.
This is the third time that Google ends up under scrutiny of the EU competition authority after the accusation of abusing its dominance of web search to promote its own shopping services and of abusing dominance of its Android operating system to lock customers into using Google apps.
It would be interesting to see whether these matters progress.
Google has yet another enemy in Europe, after Getty Images formally complained to Brussels' antitrust officials about the multinational's alleged anti-competitive behaviour. Getty has flagged up concerns about Google's use of "scraped third party imagery" on its search engine. A spokesperson at competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager's office told Ars: "The commission has received a complaint, which it will assess." Getty first added its voice to the European Commission's lengthy investigation into Google's alleged abuse of dominance in search in the 28-member-state bloc last year, when it submitted support for the probe as an interested third party.