If that theory is correct—that Google’s aiming to show policy makers that there’s no legislation needed here—then it makes a little bit more sense that this report reads like a political position paper, one that argues that the powerful companies on both sides of this issue are working out the right policies on their own. And that there’s no need for Congress to stick its fat little fingers into this issue again.

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Sarah Laskow is a writer and editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in print and online in Grist, Good, The American Prospect, Salon, The New Republic, and other publications.