Billion-dollar fine against alibaba - violation of competition law

China’s competition watchdog has imposed a fine of 18 billion yuan, the equivalent of 2.3 billion euros, on the Chinese Alibaba group. The world’s largest online trading platform had used its dominant position to punish traders who offered their goods through rival services, state media quoted the market regulator as saying on Saturday.

Antitrust authorities’ largest-ever fine against a Chinese Internet giant raises new questions about the future of charismatic founder Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group, which has rarely been seen in public since fall. At the time, the 56-year-old had apparently incurred the displeasure of higher authorities by criticizing the Chinese financial supervisory authority.

Violation of antitrust law

For violating antitrust law, the fine was set at four percent of 2019 sales amounting to 455 billion yuan, Xinhua news agency reported. Alibaba said it would accept the fine and strengthen cooperation with authorities. It said the group will strengthen its compliance system and "better fulfill its social responsibility".

Global music market grows by 7.4 percent through streaming

The global music market grew by 7.4 percent in 2020 for the sixth consecutive year. That equates to total sales of now $21.6 billion, about 18.3 billion euros. The driver, according to the Global Music Report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), is the streaming business.

Streaming revenue generator

In streaming, the gangly subscription models with monthly payments are especially in demand and grew 18.5 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the IFPI’s Global Music Report. Around 434 million music lovers have opted for such a paid subscription. Together with ad-financed streaming offers, the entire sector accounts for 62.1 percent, the lowest share of total global music sales. Subscription model and advertising model together grew 19.9 percent, generating $13.4 billion in revenue.

Global music market grows by 7.4 percent through streaming

Music industry revenue by segment 2020.

Mail provider tutanota: prosecutor's office wanted to take boss into custody's office wanted to take chief in custody

The public prosecutor’s office in Hanover wanted to force the head of the e-mail provider Tutanota to allow monitoring of e-mail traffic by means of coercive detention this spring. However, the company fought the surveillance order in court. “We find the unlawful threat of coercive detention very questionable”, said managing director Matthias Pfau to our site. First the mirror had reported uber the process.

The case involved an investigation by the Czech police on the basis of an explosion. In April, following a request for legal assistance from the Czech Republic, the Hanover District Court ordered the “ordered the monitoring and recording of telecommunications” of a mailbox at Tutanota. The provider defended itself, arguing that email-only providers are not allowed to monitor and record telecommunications, according to the so-called “Gmail ruling” of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), pure e-mail providers are not “telecommunications providers” and therefore cannot be obliged to monitor telecommunications. Tutanota informed the public prosecutor’s office that the Federal Network Agency also classifies the company accordingly.

Police on the doorstep

However, this did not impress the investigators. “The conditions for ordering coercive detention pursuant to Section 70 Para. 2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure have been met”, the police threatened by mail. A short time later, the public prosecutor’s office requested five days of preventive detention for Pfau. The police rang the doorbell of the manager’s house to deliver the message in person. In addition, the district court imposed a fine of 1000 euros.