Getty Images Files Complaint against Google
Brussels: US photo agency Getty Images filed a complaint on Wednesday with the European Commission accusing Google’s Web search of hurting its business, opening a new front in the Internet giant’s anticompetitionfightwithBrussels.
Brussels, which is already investigating Google over alleged anti-competitive practices linked to its Android smartphone operating software and its Web search business, said it would look into the unfair competition complaint from Getty Images. “The commission has received a complaint, which it will assess,” a European Commission spokeswoman told AFP.
Inthelatestcase,GettyImages accused Google of changing its searchfunctionsin2013toshow galleries of copyrighted photos in high-resolution, large format.Untilthen,aGooglesearch would only turn up low-resolution thumbnails of the pictures.
Once people had seen the high resolution, large format Getty photo on Google, they no longer had a reason to visit Getty’s own site to view the image, said astatementbythephotoagency.
“These changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the Internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend,” Getty Images general counsel Yoko Miyashita said.