The settlement itself is proof that a company can pay licensing fees and still turn a profit. So now, no one can convincingly argue that scanning a book requires no license. If Microsoft starts its own book search service and claims fair use, the courts will say, ‘hey, Google manages to pay for this sort of thing. What makes you so special?’ By settling the case, Google has made it much more difficult for others to compete with its Book Search service.Has Google given itself a monopolistic advantage? Is this a decision that we will soon regret? Time will tell.
- Article: The End of Snippet View: Google Settles Lawsuit with Book Publishers
- More on the Google settlement: Is it all good? -- This post contains a growing bibliography on the settlement
- More on what the Google Book Search settlement means (and my vision of Google's future)
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