Copyright Clearance Center has released a podcast interview of William Patry on his book Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars. An excerpt of the interview, conducted by Chris Kenneally:
[T]he term copyright wars is a common one and I didn’t coin it. There are many people who use it on either side of the debates. For example, Edgar Bronfman Jr., who is the CEO of Warner Music, in a speech in Singapore said that the copyright owners had gone to war with consumers and as a result, they believe they lost that war. So it’s a common term and I think what is meant by that is a more widespread debate about issues rather than any particular case. You could complain about what a particular company is doing and that wouldn’t be a war, but if it’s a more sociological thing, if it’s a more societal thing, that’s what a war means. Now I think wars change things. Before a war, there’s the world as it is, status quo, and then there’s status quo ante. We’re moving into a status quo ante, aren’t we? With regard to copyright.