Sunday, August 23, 2009

My 'copyright as property' debate with Bill Patry, cont...

Bill attacks with Alan Greenspan, "bankers, hedge fund owners, AIG, and the real estate industry." I counter with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

1 comment:

  1. Ben,

    I have been following your recent exchange of views with Bill Patry and must tell you how nice it is to read respectful discourse as opposed to that which purportedly passes as "conversation" on sites like techdirt.

    I believe it is a fair statement that you and he are on the same page as it pertains to substantive law. Where I do see a divergence is not with respect to substantive law, but with respect to how each of you view copyright law playing out in the real world. Patry bemoans those "copyright industries" that seemingly advocate for expansion of the law using what he terms "moral panics" (i.e., we are losing jobs, etc.). At the same time, however, perhaps the very same thing can be said of those who bemoan what they perceive as an inexorable contraction of the public domain. They to engage in the creation of "moral panics".

    Some on his blog took issue with what I consider to be a relatively accurate description of the public domain, one where real world experience in how business is really conducted informs me that the consequences of copyright law are nowhere near as dire as some would have people believe.

    In any event, I do hope that your exchanges continue so that both sides of the issue are given due consideration.

    Mike Slonecker


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