In an op-ed, James Gibson castigates Google's deal with authors and publishers to pay for its right to scan their copyrighted books link here
. Although Google had initially argued that scanning was fair use, it has now caved in to the copyright holders, apparently preferring to pay rather than litigate. Gibson argues that the deal gives Google a monopoly on scanning because no other companies will be in a position to scan library collections. He hopes the court will not agree to this anti-competitive deal.
Subsequently, Harvard's library which has a deal with Google to scan its books, is pulling out on books still under copyright, arguing that it went with Google initially because it expanded access to its collection link here.
It is depressing how copyright's power keeps getting extended and the monopoly, expanded.
And what has happened to "do no wrong"?