WELL, YES: “Google’s decision to censor its search engine in China was bad for the company, its founders admitted yesterday. . . . Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: ‘On a business level, that decision to censor… was a net negative.'” And not just on a business level.

This kind of thing is why I’m less pessimistic than Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu regarding the future of Internet freedom.

UPDATE: Big roundup on this at BoingBoing.