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PIPA and SOPA Dialogue with Senator Johnny Isakson

Posted by HERETICPRIME on January 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

As a small business owner, I have been talking with Senator Johnny Isakson and his staff concerning PIPA and SOPA.


His last Email was the following:


Dear Mr. Roberts:



Thank you for contacting me regarding intellectual property theft. I appreciate hearing from you and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.


S.968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011, was introduced by Senator Leahy (D-VT) on May 12, 2011, and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. On May 26, 2011, it was reported out of Committee and is currently pending in the Senate. The bill targets websites, particularly those registered outside of the United States, which are "dedicated to infringing activities." These rogue websites typically offer unauthorized downloading or streaming of copyrighted content or the sale of counterfeit goods including music, movies, and pharmaceutical drugs.


Websites targeted by this bill are foreign owned and outside the reach of U.S. laws despite the fact U.S. intellectual property is being infringed upon and U.S. consumers are the targets. Rogue websites cost American workers jobs and cost businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue. As online technology and commerce advances, we must see to it that injured parties have the ability to stop infringers from profiting from counterfeit products. For example, a victim of infringement will have the authority to file a civil action against the owner or registrant of a rogue site. If an order is granted by the court, third parties will be required to stop processing payments from the infringing sites, therefore, preventing infringers from collecting payments. I will work to ensure that our laws our modernized to protect intellectual property, and will keep your thoughts on this bill in mind should it come before the Senate for a vote.


Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.



Johnny Isakson

United States Senator


My response to him was this:


Senator Isakson,


I appreciate the responses you and your staff have given in prompt and professional time.


However, the provisions that these bills entail to combat the issues that take away some revenue from USAmerican companies are too far sweeping.


We have enough anti-pirating and copyright laws to protect these huge companies. They have the means to sue and pursue the guilty parties without clipping the natural evolution of the internet.


Jobs are not being lost. In fact, the act of them hiring firms and reclaiming any "lost revenue" will actually employ and keep organizations employed to service them.


The big corporations merely want the government to do their jobs for them and sit on their big money sacks at the price of the rights and benefits of the free flow of information.


Like many big businesses that will not allow free enterprise and free information to cause them to evolve, they want us to be slave to them and be mindless consumers to antiquated technologies and unfair business practices.


I would love to sit down with you, or someone from your staff sometime, to discuss things further.


Once again, thank you for your time.


Jason O. N. Roberts


"I may not be able to expect the unexpected, but I can plan for the worst and hope for the best."

-Jason O. N. Roberts



What do you think? Do you think he is right? Do you think I am right?


Please comment.

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