The Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet (AZAPI) (a representative of the Russian publishing houses Eksmo-AST, Azbuka-Atticus, Dobraya Kniga, Alpina Digital, etc.) appealed to the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager with a request to bring Google to justice for abuse of dominance.
AZAPI pointed out that the company is not removing applications containing pirated books from Google Play. According to the association, Google’s inaction restricts legal services from accessing Russian-speaking audiences in Europe that read pirated books in Odnoklassniki, Telegram, and other resources.
According to the general director of the association, Maxim Ryabyko, over the past two years, Google Play has blocked 60 small mobile applications, but most popular applications have been “granted immunity”.
AZAPI believes that Google is not blocking them in order to maintain a dominant position, as free books attract users. This prevents legal apps such as Storytel, Bookmate, and LitRes from entering the European market.