Boston Globe Editorial on Google Booksearch Deal

The Boston Globe reminds its readers that a settlement doesn’t really resolve an issue: Goldmine of ideas — or theft? (pdf)

Before enraptured readers dive in, however, they should know what they aren’t getting. Because this case settled, the court didn’t rule on the issue of fair use. So while Google has hammered out a commercial solution for itself, the country still needs a legal ruling on what fair use means in the Internet age.