Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? | Op-Docs
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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.

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:

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

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

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

jasonmenkins : Came here from LegalEagle, was not disappointed

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

xnamkcor X : I want a gas-powered photocopier.

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

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

pictureeth : I love the look the typist gives!

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

Minimite : The acting in this was amazing!

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

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

Tim Howell : Overcoaching at its...finest?

MikeIndiaCharlieHotelAlpha EchoLima : Anyone else here from the Legal Eagle?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

MistahBradley : This was so stressful.

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

King Darthrog : unstoppable force meets immovable object

Sushi : "can you xerox this for me?"

Mike S : A perfect example where a defense attorney has coached a witness to the point they don't know what to do

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

Rowland Hudson : rooster teeth :P

Battenkill Rambler : This may seem like a joke, but the witness’s technique is sound. The interrogating attorney is unprepared and should have maintained his composure. He got got by the witness.

TieDef : The stenographer is hilarious.

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

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

Graham Kent : Word up to Mr. Show fans.

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

Anke Devos : Are you human? Could you repeat the question please? Are you human? Male or female? What ? That not the question! Are you human? I can answer that question, because you did specify Male or female Oke , than are you a male human? Repeat the question please .... lawyer quits.....

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

MR1shank : gas powered photocopier?

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

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

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

flexor212000 : Don't worry guys. The lawyers weren't really that upset. They charge over 500 dollars an hour...

c singson : give this guy an emmy

VDMA Videos : Truly mind blowing.