Renmin Chinese Law Review
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Renmin Chinese Law Review

Selected Papers of The Jurist (法学家), Volume 2

Edited by Jichun Shi

Renmin Chinese Law Review, Volume 2 is the second work in a series of annual volumes on contemporary Chinese law, which bring together the work of recognised scholars from China, offering a window on current legal research in China.
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Chapter 8: The judicial dilemma and method of defining 'relevant market' in the internet industry: based on the perspective of the two-sided market

Jiang Yanbo


Since the 1990s, the internet, which is based on the application of computer technology, has led to an information revolution. Network technology links many sources of information, and user terminals and computers for information communication share resources with each other by network software. The internet is not only a new invention but also an industry revolution. The application of the internet creates new markets and industries. The internet is becoming the global central nervous system, and the economic activities related to the internet have become an important industry in the world economy. The internet industry based on modern internet technology is engaged in the collection of network resources and the research, development, use, production, storage and transmission of internet information technology and the business of information goods. As the industry aggregates integrated production activities, it also provides effective service for economic development and is regarded as a fundamental part of the structure of the national economy. According to a research report published by the University of Texas in 1999, the internet industry includes four organic components (online stores, order services, ticket issuing, and professional services), industry infrastructure (internet access companies, modem manufacturers, etc.), software applications (web browsers, search engines, etc.) and agency (brokerage firms and other service companies).

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