To be more precise, is Google a coercive or innocent monopoly under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act. (Click on the image above for a better look of search engine market shares. Also, for what it’s worth, the folks at Google say no, since “competition is a click away.”) Section 2 of the Sherman Act requires monopoly power in the relevant market and a willful act. So, in Google’s case, what is the relevant market? The entire world? And what willful acts, if any, has Google committed to achieve its global dominance in the market for search engines? Is this evidence of a willful act? What about this? Addendum (Nov. 22): The European Parliament appears to think so.
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