Last week, Google settled a controversial copyright case by agreeing to pay tens of millions in licensing fees to authors and publishers, with more to come. At first glance, it looks like this great champion of the free flow of information has caved to copyright interests. But in fact, Google may be better off with a settlement than an outright win. Before the court approves this agreement, then, it must consider the deal's anti-competitive effects. [..]
James Gibson, Google's New Monopoly? How the Company Could Gain by Paying Millions in Copyright Fees, The Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2008.