The Turkish Competition Authority condemns the use of a software database encryption as an abuse of dominance (Bilsa)

This study focuses on the decision of the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) regarding Bilsa, who was found to have abused its dominant position on the market for school management software by the use of a software database encryption which made the user schools dependent to Bilsa’s products and thus deprived them of their freedom to switch to cheaper or even free-of-charge substitutes offered by Bilsa’s competitors. Background Bilsa is a group of undertakings which inter alia produces management software for schools. Their products are generally used for managing schools’ day to day business, such as electronically creating and storing records of students (which include their grades and exam results, attendance an so on). Bilsa had agreements with the majority of public and private

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Ahmet Fatih Ozkan, The Turkish Competition Authority condemns the use of a software database encryption as an abuse of dominance (Bilsa), 21 March 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin IT & Dominance, Art. N° 36475

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