Patry calls for government takeover of entertainment industry

Oxford University Press sales sheet for new book by Google VIP Patry:

“Just as President Obama has called for re-tooling and re-imagining the auto industry, Patry calls for a remaking of our copyright laws so that they may once again be respected.”

Now just think about that little phrase.

[By the way, this is intended as a bit of humor for those literal thinkers who didn’t catch the joke.]

3 thoughts on “Patry calls for government takeover of entertainment industry

  1. That sounds about right. I'm not sure how you got "government takeover of entertainment industry" out of that. Unless you know something about copyright that William Patry doesn't.


  2. I was reading the plain English of the publisher's sales sheet (which I would tend to believe came entirely from Patry or at least was written with his approval).I'm always a bit skeptical of anyone who compares something they've done to being "like" the President of the United States. I doubt that it is and it just sounds arrogant.Imagine you didn't know Patry and you ran into him in a bar. You asked him what he did for a living and he said, "Oh, I'm just like the President of the United States…" I don't know about you, but I would start thinking about how do I get out of there.I think that my headline is the gravamen of what the publisher (and probably Patry) said, isn't it?What President Obama did to the car business goes way beyond "retooling"–the United States now essentially owns over 1/2 of the business and the President can hire and fire.Personally–I would have left out that sentence. But I understand that when you work at Google, it can change your perspective on your position in life.


  3. I realize that a sense of humor is something that's tough to come by in the very serious world of "copyright reformers" but surely I'm not the only one who finds this all hysterically funny.And actually not too far from the tree if you read Fisher's compulsory licensing tome. I frankly don't see how you could implement Fisher's model (endorsed by The Great Regurgitator himself) WITHOUT the government asserting some pretty serious authority for itself.So I'm looking forward to reading exactly how Patry likens himself to the President of the United States. It's good to be king.


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