Daniel Crane (guest post): Democracy and Monopoly in Governments, Markets, and Firms

Dear readers, As previously announced, I am incredibly happy and honored to publish guest posts authored by some of the world’s most renowned antitrust scholars every month of the year 2020. The one for February has been written by Daniel A. Crane, Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, and it explores the topic of “Democracy and Monopoly […]

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The subject of “predatory innovation” in the Google hearing (T-621/17)

The background story It all started on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. ALL? The (first) Google hearing, of course. It has been a long wait, but hopefully worth it. Previously on the Google Saga, the European Commission has announced the decision (in June 2017), has published it (in December of the same year), and ever since, has fined Google two more times. An […]

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Blockchain-based collusion, NOT algorithmic collusion

I am pleased that my article entitled “The Fundamental Unimportance of Algorithmic Collusion for Antitrust Law” as just been published at the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology website. Here’s the introduction: Antitrust and competition law is subject to increasing polarization, especially regarding Internet giants. Some scholars argue that the tech giants abuse their dominant positions, […]

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Video #3: What is the theory of granularity?

Dear readers, following a first video (link) in which I exposed the theory of the firm as used in antitrust law, and a second one (link) in which I explained that, by escaping that theory, public blockchains escape antitrust law, I am pleased to publish a third video today. In it, I explain what the theory of granularity is. It will serve […]

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Video #2: Why public blockchains escape antitrust law

Dear readers, following last week’s video (link) in which I exposed the theory of the firm as used in antitrust law, I am discussing today the reason, by escaping that theory, public blockchains escape antitrust law. Again, for more information, you may read my article entitled “The Theory of Granularity: A Path for Antitrust in Blockchain Ecosystems“(freely accessible on SSRN). […]

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Video #1: Understanding the theory of the firm as used in antitrust law

Dear readers, I am pleased to introduce a new series of videos in which I will discuss the main ideas developed in my recent article entitled “The Theory of Granularity: A Path for Antitrust in Blockchain Ecosystems“(freely accessible on SSRN). Here’s video #1, dealing with the theory of the firm. Thanks for watching.

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NEW ARTICLE: “The Theory of Granularity”: Blockchain & Antitrust

Dear friends, Following months of (d̶o̶u̶b̶t̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶b̶u̶s̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶) research, I am very pleased to share my latest article: “The Theory of Granularity: A Path for Antitrust in Blockchain Ecosystems“. In this article, I ask the following question: how to apply antitrust law, whose case law is almost entirely based on analyzing firms’ practices, […]

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The world’s most downloaded antitrust articles of 2019

As for previous years (see 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), here are the world’s most downloaded antitrust articles of 2019 on SSRN. ************ 1. Collusion by Blockchain and Smart Contracts by Thibault Schrepel Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (3.473 downloads) Blockchain may transform transactions the same way Internet altered the dissemination and nature of information. If that were to be the […]

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Most data doesn’t pre-exist = it can’t be used for payment or exchange

This post is a response to John’s response to my post entitled “Why you are not paying with your data” (that’s confusing!). I am publishing it on December 27th to make sure that John is away and can’t criticize it further (< machiavellian laughter >). To be fair, John has already received these comments, and in any […]

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