After Record Anti-Trust Fine Against Google, The Content Creators Coalition Calls For New Reforms To Hold Company Accountable For Its Abuses
Washington, D.C. — The Content Creators Coalition (C3) today released the following statement in reaction to the record $5 billion fine imposed on Google by European Union regulators:
“As artists and consumers, we applaud the European Union and European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, for holding Google accountable for competition abuses by fining it $5 billion. But for a company that brings in over $100 billion a year, it’s unlikely that any amount of fines alone will be sufficient to force change.
“Google has a long track record of running roughshod over competition, manipulating products and search results to boost its own bottom line, and strip-mining the creative economy by shortchanging artists like us while earning billions off our music and illegal uploads.
“Last year, when the EU fined Google $2.7 billion for favoring its own products in search, we dared to hope the company would change. But rather than taking a hard look in the mirror and changing its ways, the executives in Mountain View simply dropped ‘Don’t Be Evil’ as the company motto.
“That is why governments around the world must supplement fines and enforcement with stronger rules to protect consumers and end Google’s abuses.
“That is why artists everywhere are calling on the EU to pass its Article 13 copyright reforms and urging the U.S. Congress to update the obsolete DMCA.
“Only then will dominant online platforms like Google stop looking at fines as the cost of doing business and start building a culture of real accountability within their companies.”
The Content Creators Coalition (c3) is an artist-run non-profit advocacy group representing creators in the digital landscape. C3’s work is significant to anyone who creates and makes a living from their creations. c3’s objectives are two-fold: First, economic justice for musicians and music creators in the digital domain. Second, ensuring that the current and future generations of creators retain the rights needed to create and benefit from the use of their work and efforts. C3 has grown into a national organization based on representation, advocacy, and mobilization for sustainable careers in the digital age.