Can We Have a Rational Discussion About Copyright?

Edward Nawotka (Publishing Perspectives), William Patry (Google, Inc. )
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Canadian Member of the House of Commons Charlie Angus, the only member of the Canadian Parliament to have made his living as songwriter and performer, bemoaned “the increasingly Manichean debate over copyright reform.” Are we past the point where we can have a rational discussion about our copyright laws? If we are not past that point, what would a rational discussion look like? Do we even need copyright reform or is the status quo OK?

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Edward Nawotka

Publishing Perspectives

Edward Nawotka is the founder and editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, the online magazine for the international publishing industry that has been hailed as “the BBC of the book world.” He has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. He continues to be a widely published essayist and critic, and speaks frequently about books and publishing, at home and abroad. Ed lives in Houston.

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William Patry

Google, Inc.

William Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc. He previously served as copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, and as a Policy Planning Advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights. For 12 years, he was also in the private practice of law, litigating copyright cases in court and advising clients. He is the most prolific scholar on copyright in history, in any language, beginning with a 6,500 page treatise, Patry on Copyright. His most recent book is How to Fix Copyright (Oxford University Press, January 2012). He is an avid bass clarinetist.

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