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Google Book Search in the Gridlock Economy


Douglas Lichtman


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

December 1, 2010

Arizona Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 151, 2011
UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 11-09

Abstract:     
Michael Heller’s The Gridlock Economy popularizes a concept that Heller has developed over nearly two decades of influential academic writing: the notion that, when it comes to property rights, too many rights-endowed cooks really can spoil the broth. I was asked in this conference to apply Heller’s insight to the Google Book Search project, and the request at first seemed natural. Heller himself suggested that Google Book Search might be an apt poster child for the gridlock phenomenon; Google likewise can often be heard to complain, in Heller-esque tones, that the only way to build a comprehensive search engine for books is to take the books without asking. This Essay, however, questions the example and offers a refinement on Heller’s theory. Gridlock, I argue, is not simply a catch-all for situations where a large number of permissions are in play. It is more narrowly a reference to situations where a large number of permissions are in play, and those permissions intertwine.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Heller, gridlock, Gridlock Economy, Google Books, Google Book Search, copyright, fair use

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Date posted: March 14, 2011 ; Last revised: August 17, 2014

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Lichtman, Douglas, Google Book Search in the Gridlock Economy (December 1, 2010). Arizona Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 151, 2011; UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 11-09. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1783442

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