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Feature story: The antitrust advocate

Veteran Palo Alto attorney Gary Reback takes aim at Google's ambitious plan for a digital library

Gary Reback has the subtle restlessness of a man facing a deadline.

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Susan Kostal is a San Francisco-based freelance writer. She can be e-mailed at skostal@mac.com.

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Posted by Bigdog
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on Feb 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 6, 2010 at 12:21 am

We had better wake up to the fact that it is monopolistic money and political interests that is holding the US and the rest of the world back for the profit and power of those that hold the keys to power now. Democrats and Republicans, teabaggers, and everyone else is just giving cover to this process of totalitarianism consolidation. Lawyers and MBA's have run everything to put themselves at the center of every decision about everyone else's life and work.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Anon, that is what lawyers do. In most cases a true monopoly cannot exist without government intervention in the marketplace.


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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

A free market is a market absent of physical force. It's clear that Reback is not an advocate of free markets; he is an advocate of government controlled (forced) markets. The antitrust laws are incompatible with individual rights and should be abolished.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Trying to reduce the problem down to whether the market is free or not and who supports a free market is trivializing the issue and obfuscating the discussion.


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Posted by pig face
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 7, 2010 at 4:16 am

This would really matter if more people read books. Last time I checked, fewer than 2% of americans read a book in the previous year. This dispute is small potatoes. DOJ has assigned it to their most junior of staffers. Nothing is going to happen to Google, rest assured. They backed Obama and they'll back whomever is going to win in 2012, Obama -- or Palin, Brown, Clinton. They're protected (like Microsoft was a decade ago) so this case doesn't matter. But, hey, it's a nice, unchallenging profile from the Weekly, typical of the softball journalism it specializes in. I like some of the quotes in this piece of hardball reporting: "Gary Reback is a person of great energy and enthusiasm." 'He's almost a Renaissance-type person." (Almost, but not quite.) "All these companies are out to make money." No kidding? I've got to read more!!! One wonders if the Weekly submitted the story to Reback in advance so that he could strike out critical phrases or comments before it was printed. We'll never know. ... Yes we will. If this post is deleted, we'll know.


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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Anon,
Identifying the fundamentals and providing definitions clarifies the discussion. There is virtue in knowing what one is discussing.


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Posted by Tim Buck II
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Anybody who believes in the free market will scrap all immigration laws. Let the market decide who gets to live here, not government quotas. Right, gang?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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Sorry, Tim, but free market does not mean everything is free.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Slightly off topic, but I'd like to know this.

Could someone file a class action lawsuit against class action lawyers? That is one lawsuit I'd like to see filed.


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Posted by Tim Buck II
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm

"Sorry, Tim, but free market does not mean everything is free."

Exactly where does freedom end and the free market begin?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

"Exactly where does freedom end and the free market begin?"
When coercion enters the picture, Bucky.


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