the Utilitarian principle could apply, if harm to the individual is greatly outweighed by a greater good. This is the crux of the eminent domain finding in Kelo in which, by the way, a government ran interference for a business in a selfaggrandizing way. government got involved in the Google Books Project, it wouldn even have any vested interest. It would only be making a Solomonic decision about the relative rights of citizen intellectual property owners. It not much of an argument, but it would be a shame if Google Books was derailed. The search giant is (at least at the moment) uniquely placed to do it and strongly motivated. It has found common ground with former adversaries who now even take the lead in advocating for it. Among the fantastic possibilities is the discovery of knowledge hidden in plain site. Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal says his book, Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, could not have been written without Google Books. without Google Books, I'm not sure it would have been possible to write it.