What is the biggest antitrust conundrum for the U.S. Department of Justice at the moment?
It’s not Facebook. Evidently, in a bit of regulatory horse-trading, the Justice Department just agreed to confer jurisdiction to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Mark Zuckberg’s social media juggernaut. In exchange, the Justice Department is now taking the lead in a probe of Google over its influence in the online advertising industry. But Google might not represent such a tough call to prosecute, either. Not when the might of big tech commands bipartisan concern. Maybe instead, as President Donald Trump takes a tour of London, the toughest choice for William Barr’s DOJ is what to do about the British invasion. That’s right, we’re talking about The Beatles a half century after the breakup of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. More specifically, the DOJ has a decision on its hands with respect to the future of music licensing.