Interview with William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc.


General Culture, Politics

There are a lot of good and interesting points being made by William Patry in this interview (found here), which, I am sure, will have a lot of people get very upset. I don’t agree with all the various details, but I do agree very strongly with these following statements: “I would rather not draw a sharp distinction between creators and users. One of the transformational attributes of the Internet is to make all of us potential creators. The same is true of fair use: fair use is of benefit to all creators, including large corporations.” and “I would like to see copyright return to the U.S. Copyright Act, where we had a shorter term, and formalities, a copyright law that gave copyright owners enough incentives but not too much.”