Pre-session interview and interactive question/answer session with general session speaker William Patry, Google

Wednesday, February 16 | 10:00AM–10:25AM
Session Type: Professional Development
Join us for an exclusive interview and take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask the general session speaker, William Patry, questions before his presentation.

Presentation Abstract (William Patry will speak from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET on the topic below in the general session with the interview preceding his session for online participants from 9:00 to 9:25 a.m. ET.)

How to Fix Copyright

Due to the changes wrought by digital technology and the Internet, ordinary people are becoming authors, publishers, and, less appealingly, potential infringers on a massive scale. The confluence of technological changes with a rapid expansion in the scope of copyright law has unwittingly made us a "nation of infringers" by virtue of the daily activities we engage in that, if done in the analog world, wouldn't raise an eyebrow. The problems we face are structural, reaching to the very core of copyright. Humpty-Dumpy can't be put back together; a new structure must be built. That structure should be based on 21st-century technology and markets. The new structure must provide contemporary solutions to getting authors paid and giving the public access to works of authorship.


  • Shannon Smith

    Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities Council

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