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Does the way the tech company managed Google Videos show that businesses are not suitable cultural custodians because they can't be held accountable to the public?

This article titled “Google can’t be trusted with our books” was written by Simon Barron, for Guardian Weekly on Tuesday 26th April 2011 15.28 UTC

Google announced last week that it would be deleting the content of the Google Videos archive. After a public outcry, it said it would work on saving all the video content and making it available elsewhere. In this instance, the public managed to change Google’s mind and stopped the mass deletion of a unique digital archive but the situation raises concerns about data under Google’s control, including the unique archive of Google Books.

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