Friday, September 04, 2009

Digital publishing: Google's big book case | The Economist

A thoughtful although perhaps a bit excessively utopian perspective from The Economist; read the full article 

Admittedly, such safeguards are not watertight and other antitrust concerns could surface over time in this brave new digital world. But the theoretical dangers these pose should be weighed against the very real and substantial benefits that a comprehensive digital library will create. That is why the court should approve the Google agreement, while at the same time giving stern warning to its signatories that they will be subject to intense regulatory scrutiny for the foreseeable future. If the court rejects the deal, much potentially useful information will remain, quite literally, a closed book.

Digital publishing: Google's big book case | The Economist

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