Jan 21, 2012
Dear Senator Franken,
PIPA and SOPA (House version) come about because big money interests like media companies buy political votes like human beings buy groceries at the store. Please stop wasting valuable political airtime on issues that are meaningless to regular humans and only of interest to non-human people like corporations and such.
Instead please put forth a constitutional amendment banning all direct and indirect contributions of money and time to politicians by every person who is not a human being. Also, please require full and prompt disclosure upon the Internet of ALL direct and indirect contributions of money to politicians and political campaigns. Do these things and you will get my vote again for sure. Such an amendment is the ONLY way to put a stop to political corruption and time wastage on issues like PIPA.
In your email to me:
From: Al Franken
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 6:36 PM
Subject: Let’s talk about intellectual property
You say “there are millions of Americans whose livelihoods rely on strong protections for intellectual property: middle-class workers – most of them union workers – in all 50 states, thousands of them here in Minnesota, working in a variety of industries from film production to publishing to software development.” Adequate protections are already in place in laws going back decades. As you well know, the Internet is a game changer regarding distribution of copyright works. The recent Justice Department shutdown of Megaupload.com proves my point and affirms that PIPA’s trifling with the Internet is entirely unnecessary. The recent Washington Post article “Federal indictment claims popular Web site Megaupload.com shared pirated material” proves that existing laws are adequate.
Just so you know, I find the obfuscating phrase “intellectual property” to be intellectually offensive because it presumes that copyright, patent, and trademark laws are somehow similar, which they are not. I prefer when copyright is not lumped into such a meaningless phrase and is named directly when it is being discussed.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.