October 9, 2020
AAP Comments on House Antitrust Subcommittee Report on Competition in Digital Markets
Groundbreaking report “the most thorough analysis to date” of tech platforms’ dominance & abuse of market power
The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee recently issued a report regarding the unprecedented dominance of certain technology platforms titled “Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets.” The Subcommittee’s 451-page report is the culmination of a 16 month-long investigation that included seven congressional hearings, submissions from 38 antitrust experts, interviews with more than 240 individuals, and the review of more than one million documents produced in the course of the investigation.
Below is a comment from AAP President and CEO Maria Pallante regarding the Subcommittee’s report.
“We thank Chairman Nadler, Chairman Cicilline, and the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee for their groundbreaking investigation of the serious threats posed by dominant technology platforms, and comprehensive report and recommendations released earlier this week. These leaders have produced the most thorough analysis to date of the myriad ways in which dominant platforms abuse their market power, stifle competition, and manipulate consumer outcomes, including in the marketplace for books.”
The Subcommittee’s full report can be viewed here. A link to the recent joint letter signed by three leading advocacy groups in book publishing – AAP, the American Booksellers Association (ABA), and the Authors Guild (AG) – to the Subcommittee regarding Amazon’s anti-competitive tactics in the book marketplace can be found here.
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