Google = ICANN?

One way to think about the Google Book Deal is that Google will end up as the super-gateway to books. It will in effect be the ICANN central authority of online books. So when Amazon and others have objected to Google’s claim that it will let everyone play in its sandbox, they are smart. No company should want to be a reseller (registrar in domain name terms). Insofar as one is competing with Google, who may also sell books, having to go through Google, the competitor, is undesirable to say the least. As the D is for Digital conference highlights, the way non-U.S. interests are not well-covered and represented is a problem. Insofar as the class action process is hijacking these international and domestic interests, the deal could be understood as an instance of arrogant law making with problems analogous to what one finds in Internet governance matters.

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  1. Frank says:

    Very smart analogy. There ought to be at least some other source(s) of metadata. Digital deposit now!