This Note will address how dominant Internet companies detrimentally impact creative work and how legal solutions might be employed to combat the damage inflicted by online monopolies. Part I will focus on how certain Internet companies became dominant, showing an evolution from egalitarian ideals to the consolidated control of the World Wide Web (the web) by companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon. In Part II, this Note will focus on how two particular companies—Google and Facebook—affect creative endeavors in their control of access to audiences and by determining the economics of content production on the Internet. Part III details what creators on the Internet can do, legally, in the face of dominant, monopolistic companies. The Note concludes with a survey of the legal and equitable strategies that might be employed to protect online creative work in the future.
Laurel Brown, A Monopoly of Thought—How Growing Anticompetitive Practices on the Internet Affect Creative Work, 44 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1185 (2021).
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