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Posted in Advertising, Internet Pauline FaronChristine Gateau

AdWords: Paris Court of Appeal confirms Google is a mere provider of hosting services

In a recent decision dated 11 December 2013, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed that Google is a mere provider of hosting services within the meaning of the e-commerce directive and can hence benefit from the limited liability regime associated with this status.

This case involved a French actor who sued a press editor in 2008, Prisma Presse, as well … Continue Reading

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French Supreme Court: Google did not abuse dominant position

On 16 April 2013, the French Supreme Court upheld the Paris Court of Appeals decision of 16 November 2011, thus confirming that Google did not abuse its dominant position.

E-Kanopi is a French company that runs a search engine as well as thematic sites providing information on various topics: weather, companies’ financial data, phone listings and pensions. E-Kanopi subscribed to … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Internet Christine GateauPauline Faron

The French Supreme Court Confirms the Use of a Competitor’s Trademark as Keyword

In a recent decision dated 29 January 2013 (http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichJuriJudi.do?oldAction=rechJuriJudi&idTexte=JURITEXT000027024140&fastReqId=405377599&fastPos=1), the French Supreme Court reaffirmed its position regarding Google’s paid referencing service, AdWords.

This particular case involved two competitors, Cobrason and Solutions, which both sell video and hi-fi products online. Cobrason noticed that when an Internet-user types “Cobrason” on the website www.google.fr, a commercial link concerning its competitor, Solutions, … Continue Reading