Italian investigators have stopped their antitrust inquiry into Google after the company said it would give publishers increased control of online content, according to a report from Dow Jones News Wires.
The Italian antitrust agency, known as Agcm, said Google will improve transparency to provide more details on how online ad revenue is generated, as well as shared with Italian publishers, Dow Jones reports.
Agcm also recommended that the Italian parliament update national laws regulating intellectual property to improve how issues are resolved regarding online content, Dow Jones adds.
Agcm started to investigate Google in August 2009 after the agency got complaints from the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers (known as Fieg). The federation’s members include the publishers of such large newspapers as la Repubblica and Corriere della Sera.
Fieg had noted Google News Italia “aggregated content” without enough “transparency,” Dow Jones said.
Their approach gave editors little control on how news “was distributed and presented on the website,” Dow Jones said.
Google was apparently in agreement with the eventual decision by Agcm.
"While we comply with Italian and EU competition laws, we also understand that there is always room for improvement in our business," Google said in a statement that was reported by Dow Jones.
In a related matter, TechZone360 reported in November that European Union regulators would investigate whether Google has violated antitrust regulations by purposely lowering the placement of links to its rivals' sites when coming up with search results.
Depending on the outcome of the inquiry Google could be forced to pay billions of dollars in fines.
Google is the major search engine provider in Europe. It has about 90 percent of the online search market in the region, TechZone360 said.
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