So, the Professor took me to hear Google’s lawyer ostensibly talk about why we should all be okay with Google Books, but instead it really was more like “Watch me lick my balls and then cheer for me that I was able to lick my balls.” Which I guess is probably what most of law school is like, but damn.
The publishers’ perspective on Google Books is as follows. Yes, it is a good and cool idea to have all books (or as close to “all” as one can come) be searchable on the internet. But those libraries did not have a right to grant Google permission to make those electronic copies and everyone knows it. Google should have come first to the publishers. End of story.
And then to go over time so that no one could ask questions. Nice. Real nice.