Yelp is accusing Google of stealing its photos again
Yelp has once again filed a complaint against Google for using the user-generated review site’s photos in Google’s search results.
The Yelp vs Google has been an ongoing saga since 2009 when Google failed to acquire Yelp, then again in 2012 when Yelp filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.
Yelp argued on two main factors: Google unfairly using other sites’ content to better its products (Google places and search results), and excluding competitor results in a “search bias.”
Google agreed to stop scraping other sites content. The other companies called it a “slap on the wrist.”
Yelp now claims that Google is at it again, with Google results chalking up about 386,000 of Yelp’s images for business in listings in Google Maps.
“This is a flagrant violation of Google’s promises to the FTC,” Yelp’s public policy chief Luther Lowe said in a letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, “and the FTC should reopen the Google case immediately.”