Beyond Competition: Preparing for a Google Book Search Monopoly…

…is the title of a posting yesterday (2/4/09) by Frank Pasquale at the Balkanization blog. It reviews the excellent piece by Harvard’s Robert Darnton in the Feb. 12, 2009 New York Review of Books, “Google & the Future of Books” (accessible as e-journal for us Georgetown affiliates). Darnton’s essay echoes much of what John Palfrey had to say about the settlement at the AALS in San Diego when he spoke at the Law Library section lunch. Pasquale addresses briefly some of the possible challenges to the settlement, but all three professors- Darnton, Palfrey, and Pasquale- are worried about the possiblity of changing times or the end of good will on the part of Google, and in principle, the privatization of a project that cries out to be for the public good, with equality of access to the information in perpetuity.

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