At the end of June 2019, IPA’s USA member, the Association of American Publishers, filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of the Commission’s hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.
“Unfortunately, the marketplace of ideas is now at risk for serious if not irreparable damage because of the unprecedented dominance of a very small number of technology platforms,” said Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of AAP. “In order to mitigate this crisis and protect the public interest, AAP urges the FTC to exercise much-needed oversight and regulation, particularly as to circumstances where technology platforms stifle competition and manipulate consumer outcomes.”
In its 12-page filing, AAP underscores the fact that dominant technology platforms exercise extraordinary market power in the markets for book distribution and Internet search: “No publisher can avoid distributing through Amazon and, for all intents and purposes, Amazon dictates the economic terms, with publishers paying more for Amazon’s services each year and receiving less in return.”
You can read the full statement here.