How to Fix the Google Book Search Settlement
Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 12, No. 10, April 2009
11 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2009
The proposed settlement in the Google Book Search case should be approved with strings attached. The project will be immensely good for society, and the proposed deal is a fair one for Google, for authors, and for publishers. The public interest demands, however, that the settlement be modified first. It creates two new entities - the Books Rights Registry Leviathan and the Google Book Search Behemoth - with dangerously concentrated power over the publishing industry. Left unchecked, they could trample on consumers in any number of ways. We the public have a right to demand that those entities be subject to healthy, pro-competitive oversight, and so we should.
Keywords: google, book search, copyright
JEL Classification: K00
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