But the gratifying sentences in the EFF review are those that criticize the rhetoric of Copyright Wars, the self-parody that so piously denounced anyone who has ever used harsh rhetoric and metaphors when discussing copyrights and the Internet:
There are times when Patry's frustration with copyright lobbyists shows through. In those moments, it might be fairly said that he's an energetic participant in assembling the rhetorical siege engines of the copyright wars, rather than a dispassionate neutral observer.It is nice to know that even EFF agrees that Mr. Patry became an "energetic participant in assembling the rhetorical siege engines of the copyright wars" by writing a denunciation of harsh rhetoric riddled with war-and-murder metaphors that analogize copyright enforcement to Robespierre's Terrorism, Mao's Cultural Revolution, Stalin's centrally planned Terror-Famine, and Mussolini's Blackshirt Fascism--while sanctimoniously denouncing those who would stoop to "name-calling."
Nevertheless, I do like the "frustration-with-copyright-lobbyists" excuse for Mr. Patry's 250-page self-parody: It recalls the scene in Forrest Gump when the deranged SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) leader explains why he hit Jenny: "It's just this war and that lying [expletive] Johnson[/Jack Valenti]."
That is one of many reasons why I consider Mr. Patry's book Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars to represent the simultaneous apogee and nadir of the "thought" of the Free Culture Movement.