You cannot put the Google back into the bottle

Reflections on Google Book Search: You Can’t Put the Google Back Into the Bottle
by J. Esposito

… I am not going to revisit the legal issues here, about which I am absolutely inexpert. What has caught my attention is how irrelevant the settlement has become. The world has changed because of Google’s transgressions, and whether the settlement were approved or not, you can’t roll back the tape and see the world as it was before Google set up an assembly line of digital cameras and got to work. We live in the post-Google era now, where large-scale digitization projects are taken for granted and where the publishing industry has been restructured around the anticipation of a service that the absence of an approved settlement has left in limbo. …


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