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Cover Story - February 5, 2010

The antitrust advocate

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

by Susan Kostal

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


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Posted by Mark Borofka
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Great article. Highlights the need to understand the relationship between publication of information and control of information - especially as it relates to search technology. One thing that stands out is the comment that "Google controls 70 percent of the organic search market and 90 percent of syndicated search," Reback said.... "It's not even like other tech markets. Anyone who does business on the Web is dependent upon Google's search engine. ... If you control search, you control those markets." Pretty ominous stuff.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Owners of material under copyright can obviously contractually sell access to their works, but material out of copyright are available to all - and all Google could charge for is their scanning efforts, right?

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

Mark, what's your model for search control? China?

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Posted by Mark Borofka
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hi R Wray, No - not China. I prefer Teddy Roosevelt's view that Government has a role to protect the public against the "tyranny" of unrestricted capitalism. Per TR "The truth is that we who believe in this movement of asserting and exercising a genuine control, in the public interest, over these great corporations have to contend against two sets of enemies, who, though nominally opposed to one another, are really allies in preventing a proper solution of the problem. There are, first, the big corporation men, and the extreme individualists among business men, who genuinely believe in utterly unregulated business -- that is, in the reign of plutocracy; and, second, the men who, being blind to the economic movements of the day, believe in a movement of repression rather than of regulation of corporations, and who denounce both the power of the railroads and the exercise of the Federal power which alone can really control the railroads." Which are you?

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