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The First Annual Jamie Lichtman Members' Soirée

Los Angeles Copyright Society

Monday, June 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Event Details

“ASCAP, Jack Valenti, Colorization, and Google: Highlights and Lowlights of a 35-Year Career in Copyright Law” 


Bill Patry

in Conversation with Jim Gladstone



Please join us for an informal conversation with Bill Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, author of the treatise “Patry on Copyright” (among other books), and former Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights and copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. Bill will talk about how he came to copyright law (after obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in music composition), the invaluable assistance he received from the past greats of the copyright bar, including Herman Finkelstein (then General Counsel of ASCAP), Alan Latman, Mel Nimmer, and Barbara Ringer, and how Jack Valenti was the inspiration for his book “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars.”


A Northern Californian from Tiburon, Bill began his career as a copyright lawyer in Washington DC with the firm of Paskus, Gordon & Hyman, working for Jon Baumgarten, a former General Counsel of the Copyright Office. The firm represented the MPAA, the Association of American Publishers, the National Music Publishers, and other trade associations representing the content industry. With the closing of Paskus’ DC office, Bill became a Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, where he worked on U.S. joining the Berne Convention, NAFTA, and cases before the Supreme Court such as Feist and Stewart v. Abend. After his work with the Copyright Office, Bill became copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary. After the huge 1994 shake-up in the House, Bill moved to Manhattan, where he was a full-time law professor at the Cardozo School of Law from 1995-2000, and then in private practice. He joined Google in October 2006.


Bill is the author of many books, including the seven-volume “Patry on Copyright,” “Patry on Fair Use” (in print since 1985), “Latman’s The Copyright Law,” numerous law review articles, and two general audience books, “How to Fix Copyright” (Oxford University Press 2011), and “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars” (Oxford University Press 2009), both of which he regrets writing. His works have been cited in 11 different Supreme Court cases and approximately 400 lower court opinions, but he would rather be riding a bike up Mt. Tam than reading copyright cases.

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Home of Gail Title
236 Loring Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024

Monday, June 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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