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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Journal bundling as an anti-competitive practice

The Information Access Alliance is urging the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to consider anti-trust remedies for journal bundling.  From yesterday's press release:

In December 2006, the Information Access Alliance (IAA) --representing [seven library associations]-- submitted comments for the ongoing Joint Hearings on Single-Firm Conduct and Antitrust Law being held by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The hearings are exploring this area of law and soliciting input from interested stakeholders. The comments...discuss journal bundling and other issues regarding anticompetitive single-firm conduct in the scholarly journal market. In the comments, the IAA urges the DOJ and FTC to review and analyze the problem of journal bundling and to explore the application of appropriate remedies.