The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) has initiated competition supervision proceedings against Google, the so-called lyrics card service. The national competition authority examines whether a California-based company infringes competition between lyrics publishers by using organic search results, including links to websites, when using its search engine (when searching for songs, lyrics). places its own lyrics display service.
The so-called This is because a lyrics card, especially for mobile phones, is able to obscure additional search engine rankings, as well as promoting Google’s own service (YouTube). competition authority pays particular attention to examining the behavior of large technology companies that affect the interests and position of a significant number of consumers and businesses. At the end of 2019, the GVH imposed a significant fine of HUF 1.2 billion on Facebook, and in the summer of 2018 it imposed obligations on Google. The Competition Authority is also currently investigating the conduct of Viber, which belongs to the Rakuten group, and TikTok, which is operated by ByteDance.
The initiation of competition proceedings does not mean that the undertaking has committed the alleged infringement. The procedure is aimed at clarifying the facts and thereby proving the alleged infringement. The time allowed for the procedure shall be six months, which may be extended twice, if necessary, by a maximum of six months each.
Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – IT/Tech by sg.hu.
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