Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? | Op-Docs
7 Minutes of a court deposition trying to define what a photocopier is

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In this dramatization of transcripts from a legal deposition, a lawyer becomes embroiled in an absurd argument about the definition of a photocopier. Subscribe on YouTube: Read the story here: --------------------------------------------------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Watch more videos at: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? | Op-Docs


Warped Rider : An argument so absurd it could have only happened in real life.

kiyomiku : This can be a great commercial for xerox, with a punch line "it's not a photocopying machine, it's a xerox."

Courage : Why can't this be a series, a entire show based on an attorney dealing with moronic cases and depositions day in day out.

Jacob The Loofah : Two years later and it's still the bet punchline of all time

Apsis Motion Pictures : The performances in this are just phenomenal.

Technophant : Gas-powered photocopier? What world does he live in?

thunderpeel2001 : Here's the fuller story: The Cuyahoga's Recorder's Office charged $2 per page... even when it was simply a CD full of documents. That literally meant they were charging over $200,000 for a single CD of publicly available documents. The companies that needed these documents were understandably frustrated. That's why they sued. The recorder's office spent $55,000 of taxpayer's money defending themselves... and they lost. The person refusing to acknowledge what a photocopier is, was Lawrence Patterson. He was head of information technology for the recorder's office, and even after the loss of the case was still working for the county on a salary of $65,000(!). The lawyer questioning him was David Marburger. He pointed out afterwards that if the recorder's office had just accepted the more reasonable sum of $50 per CD, which the companies suing the recorder's office had offered, they would have made $25,000 -- instead they lost $55,000. Marburger has said of the video that the emotions were all wrong: "I actually wanted [Patterson] to keep up what I perceived as a charade. Once he chose the path that he took, I didn't want a straight answer; I wanted him to keep it going. That was why I kept pushing over the course of 10 pages of transcript. To me, the testimony became too good to be true. It was perfect." He also said that Patterson wasn't the slightest bit intimidated in real life. Marburger used the absurd testimony to win the case, and the court unanimously agreed that they only charge $1 per CD moving forward. Read more:

jasonmenkins : Came here from LegalEagle, was not disappointed

Merry Murphy : Depends on the definition of "is."

Jaskirat Singh : Man, that lawyer in the end in his seat is just like, "troll..."  Woman was a great actor considering she never said anything but had the face of "I love my job. I wanna see where this is going".  cudos to the whole cast

pictureeth : I love the look the typist gives!

xnamkcor X : I want a gas-powered photocopier.

ANTHONY S-6 : Wow! That was one of the longest Xerox commercials I've ever seen! If advertising was as good as this, it wouldn't be so irritating! (Too bad it really wasn't an Ad)

Jackson Stout : It's funny because the other lawyer says the words "Xerographic technology" during this haha

Paul Mccorkle : Who's on first, what's on second, and photocopier is on third.

Aaron Crabtree : That's a very well-coached deponent.

Tim Howell : Overcoaching at its...finest?

Minimite : The acting in this was amazing!

Mr. Shoe : This is probably the single greatest punchline to any comedy video ever.

Pat Mason : The employee was clearly briefed by the corporate attorney to avoid answering the question in principle!

MikeIndiaCharlieHotelAlpha EchoLima : Anyone else here from the Legal Eagle?

flexor212000 : This would happen if someone talked about a Kleenex vs a tissue.

kewkabe : I have a scanner and a printer. Do I have a photocopying machine?

Gunner Miller : He is such a good actor that I expect his head to explode.

Bruce Dykes : Best. Xerox(tm) commercial. Ever.

cr1138 : This witness is perfect. Every defense attorney could only dream. What an apparatchik....dude understands the law better than the prosecutor.

MistahBradley : This was so stressful.

Hari Rau-Murthy : Regarding the photocopy machines ..."Some of them are under gas power.." . Priceless

bicyclethief : OMG THIS WAS AMAZING. it's like a David Mamet play

King Darthrog : unstoppable force meets immovable object

Noah Froio : OMG! That was absolutely brilliant; I was actually expecting him to say 'mimeograph'; however, that may be aging myself...

TieDef : The stenographer is hilarious.

Sushi : "can you xerox this for me?"

TheZgraham : Can we get a series of these? This was hilarious

Rowland Hudson : rooster teeth :P

celestial teapot : the crazy thing is, the interviewee actually handled the question brilliantly. he knew where the questions were heading and knew he had to impede the battery of questions as much as possible

IDontWantGoogleUsingMyRealName : I could easily picture John Malkovich playing the part of the attorney conducting the deposition.

c singson : give this guy an emmy

Graham Kent : Word up to Mr. Show fans.

Phil Motivated : I still don't know what a photocopier is

Sebastian : I really want a full version of that outro music

Ben Weinstein : I think the defendant is just really into post-structuralism

MR1shank : gas powered photocopier?

eldes200 : Oh look it's Ki's dad from VGHS :D

Durontae Jones : Lawyer One: "Hey, Lawyer Two. I need some billable hours. Do me a solid. Can we stretch this depo out? I know we could wrap this up in 15 minutes and save the taxpayers cash, but can't we drag this out till happy hour?" Lawyer Two: "Hell, Bob, I there, man. I'm there. I've nothing scheduled this week. Have a pliant client and a huge yacht payment due. This could be dull, unless we get creative."

Martin Rayner : Hilarious. And also horrifying in that's it's real.

prazail : Perfect witness. This dramatization makes him look like a schlub, but he didn't give up an inch.

Maxwell_ Edison : "are there any photocopiers?" "what type? I can list off 20 different types, please distinguish-" "....literally any, buddy."

VDMA Videos : Truly mind blowing.