Getty Im­ages Files Com­plaint against Google

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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.

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