Biography William Patry

Bill Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc.  He is a huge fan of German technological ingenuity and craftmanship. As an avid bicyclist, he uses the most advanced carbon fiber components from cutting edge German firms such as THM-Carbones (Alt Duvenstedt), Schmolke (Konstanz), and Tune (Buggingen).  As an avid clarinetist, he commissioned the making of a basset clarinet from the Bamberg  workshop of Schwenk & Seggelke. This instrument contains 100 year-old boxwood, an “Anton Stadler” bell, but the latest in key mechanics, thereby mixing history and modern techniques. Bill has been a copyright lawyer for 32 years. He has written many books on copyright, including a 7 volume, 7,000 page treatise; a treatise on the fair use defense, and two books for general audiences: How to Fix Copyright (2012) and Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars (2009). Before joining Google, he was copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary; Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office; a full-time law professor, and a lawyer in private practice litigating cases and advising clients. He grew up in Marin County, Northern California, and now lives in Connecticut.