When I wrote to Senator Feinstein a few
weeks months ago, I used the online form on her website. It was easy. It was dumb that I forgot to save the text of my completed letter to a file. Now, I don’t remember what I wrote but the clues are in her response.
Dear Miss Havisham:
Thank you for writing to express your opposition to the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act.” I appreciate knowing your views on this matter.
America’s copyright industry is one of our most important economic engines, and giving artists and inventors the incentive to produce cutting edge works is vital to the country. The protection of intellectual property is particularly important to California, which is home to thriving film, music, and high-technology industries. I am strongly opposed to theft of copyrighted works, and I believe copyright owners should be able to prevent their works from being illegally duplicated.
On September 20, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (S. 3804), of which I am an original cosponsor. This legislation is carefully crafted to address the growing problem of online piracy and copyright infringement, and would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to shut down websites which are “dedicated to infringing activities.” These are sites that, in the bill’s language, are “primarily designed or have no demonstrable commercially significant purpose or use other than…” selling infringing or counterfeit goods.
Please know that I have been working with California high-technology businesses and Senator Leahy to improve the bill’s language and address the concerns of legitimate high-tech businesses, public interest groups, and others. This legislation is currently awaiting action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my staff in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841.
United States Senator
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Senator Feinstein has always responded to my letters so thoughtfully. I do love her for that. We must have tea soon!
This issue a big priority for big studios, big record companies, big media conglomerates. It’s too bad it may squash some pretty little political parody poofters in the process or slap some silly independent artist on an Internet Blacklist.
That is why the Bill is being revised, carefully, to clear the dust and the cobby cobby webs.
Technology is a seductive and a deceptive mistress!
By the way, here’s a tip to remembering how to spell her last name. Just think of the Old MacDonald song: E – I – E – I – O