August 2008

Bill Patry: End of Blog

by Lee Gesmer on August 5, 2008

In January 2007 I wrote:

Bill Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel at Google (how’s that for a great job), emailed me and asked me to mention the publication of his new copyright treatise, Patry on Copyright.

I like the fact that Mr. Patry said this about his 5,800-plus page, $1500 treatise: “ The book is also chock full of wikipedia references, anecdotes, riffs on logic, congitive linguistics, etc. It is many books in one.”

Although I haven’t seen this treatise yet, I hope that it is a change from Nimmer on Copyright, which is so densely academic as to often be unusable by practitioners. Somehow, I doubt that we’ll ever see Nimmer referencing Wikipedia.

On Friday, August 1, 2008, Bill Patry wrote as follows. I excerpt from the full post, here

I have decided to end the blog, and I owe readers an explanation. There are two reasons.

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“[Wild Oats] is the only existing company that has the brand and number of stores to be a meaningful springboard for another player to get into this space. Eliminating them means eliminating this threat forever, or almost forever.”
John P. Mackey, co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods, in 2007 email to Whole Foods Board Member. Mr. Mackey also posted on Internet message boards under the pseudonym Rahodeb for seven years, ending in 2006

Every man is his own greatest enemy, and as it were his own executioner.
Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

My wife loves Whole Paycheck. Even though the nearest Paycheck is a 20 minute drive from our home outside of Boston, and the really good (huge) Paycheck is 30 minutes away, she is reluctant to buy fruit or meat anywhere else. Shaws, which is right around the corner? forget it. Roche Bros.Read the full article

Exploring Google Book Search

by Lee Gesmer on August 1, 2008

In November 2005 I wrote an article about Google Book Search and the legal efforts of copyright owners to stop Google from achieving its goal of digitizing the world’s books and making them searchable on Google. The lawsuit filed by the Author’s Guild described there has dragged on with little visible activity and no apparent end in sight, but in the meantime Google has been digitizing books like nobody’s business. Although Google won’t disclose how many books it has scanned (why is this a secret? certainly not because of the lawsuit – the answer would easily be discoverable), word on the street is that as of a year ago Google had scanned a million books. If true, and if they are going full steam, they may be approaching a million and a half by now. Probably more than both you and I could read in a lifetime.

Searching and browsing this collection is awkward, but interesting to a book lover.… Read the full article