"A thought-provoking and highly readable book by one of America's top copyright scholars. Anyone interested in modern copyright debates needs to read it."
-Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
"Patry's insight into copyright law itself has long been established, but with this book he takes us deep into how the debate surrounding copyright law has been twisted and distorted. This is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the real issues in the copyright debate, both from the business-model and policy perspectives."
--Mike Masnick, Founder and CEO, Floor64
"Patry makes real policy prescriptions and emphasizes hard economic data, combined with his characteristic morality, innovation, and learning. This is an important book."
-Carl Malamud, Founder, Public.Resource.Org
"Patry's argument for reforming copyright law to promote modern day innovation is both engaging and meticulously supported by history and facts--an essential read for copyright practitioners and policymakers alike."
--R. David Donoghue, Partner, Holland & Knight
"A bold and brilliant analysis of key cultural, business, economic, philosophical, and legal issues. Do we need 'creative destruction'? A must for the copyright community and its onlookers."
--Howard Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna, LLP
"Few people are as qualified to write a book about the copyright wars as William Patry, and Patry has written a very fine book indeed. Reading Moral Panics is like watching a master brick layer gracefully and effortlessly build a solid wall: no wasted motion, no sweat, no missteps. Patry knows this subject better than anyone and can really explain it. This is the part of the debate that usually has me frothing at the chops, but Patry remains admirably calm as he carries this off, explaining in terms that anyone can understand the terrible violence that this kind of monopoly control does to our discourse, the arts, and competition and innovation."
"the short version is "it's great"
- Mike Masnic-TechDirt's
The tone is, as Patry hoped, civil and the two copyright lawyers' thoughts are well worth reading for anyone with an interest in the state of copyright law.
-Robert J. Ambrogi Legal Blog Watch
"William Patry has recently written a fascinating book entitled Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars which should be illuminating reading for every photographer interested in copyright in the digital age. In summary, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars gives a good introduction to understanding the background and context of energetic discussions of copyright in this age. We all as photographers, along with all participants in the digital copyright wars would do well to heed the advice of the author, tone down the rhetoric, and work towards innovative solutions."
-David Sanger's Blog
"There is much here that is essential, including Patry's thoughts on the 'more is always better' copyright sickness that appears to be endemic in Washington."
"Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars is an informative interdisciplinary excursion into the issues that draws on legal, economic, and sociological theories to examine a debate that affects us and our students on a daily basis."
"When the first reference in a book on copyright law is to the work of the philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer the reader should be prepared for a metaphorical fastening of his or her safety-belt: it is a safe bet that the road ahead is likely to be bumpy. This is certainly the case with Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, the book can be recommended as one of the liveliest and most thought-provoking works on the law of copyright to be published in recent years."
--David Lewisohn, Solicitor, Senior Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics
Entertainment Law Review
About the Author
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, a Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, a law professor, and in the private practice of law. He is the most prolific scholar of copyright in history, including being the author of an eight-volume treatise and a separate treatise on the fair use doctrine.