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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user TeriPettit on November 25, 2011 in opposition to S.968 PIPA.
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S.968 PROTECT IP Act of 2011

I am writing as your constituent in the 17th Congressional district of California. I oppose S.968 - PROTECT IP Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

My job is a software developer. I've been employed by Adobe for 24 years, am a co-inventor on 7 software patents, and in 1978-1986 was one of the developers of the Xerox Star, the system that introduced the graphical desktop metaphor to computing. So I understand very well the costs of software piracy to industry.

But the PIPA and SOPA bills are NOT the way to fight piracy!! They risk the allowing the government to shut down web sites like Facebook, YouTube and blogging hosts if they do not adequately prevent the distribution of copyrighted material. Identifying and filtering copyright infringing material is way too difficult for any public access site to enforce, and could easily lead to reducing freedom of speech. Public upload sites on the internet are our only truly free speech forum, where it doesn't cost big bucks and licenses for anyone to reach the public ear. Public uploads MUST remain unfettered and unconstrained to have a free democracy!

Piracy is a genuine problem, but it must be addressed in a dual prong way, by combining technology that makes it harder for copied works to run or play, with better tools for identifying and prosecuting the profiteers. Shutting down or censoring the distribution channels that pirates use, which are often channels shared by non-pirates, is not the answer.

This letter was a reply from the office of Sam Farr on December 05, 2011.
Congressman Farr's Response

December 5, 2011

Ms. Teri Kim Pettit

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Dear Ms. Pettit:

Thank you for contacting my office. I value the input of every resident of the Central Coast, and my office reads and reviews every message, phone call and letter. I personally review much of this communication, and I take your feedback into account.

My office also tries to follow up with as many constituents as possible, so we will do our best to be in touch with a more substantive answer soon. Please know that I appreciate hearing your comments and will keep them in mind as Congress addresses the many important issues facing our country.

For more information on a range of issues, please visit my Web site at http://www.farr.house.gov

I also send out occasional e-mails on issues I believe are important to the Central Coast. To sign up for these e-mail updates, please visit http://www.farr.house.gov/contact and fill out the simple form.

Thank you again for offering your thoughts, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

SAM FARR

Member of Congress

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This letter was a reply from the office of Barbara Boxer on December 06, 2011.
Responding to Your Message

Dear Ms. Teri Pettit:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me.  Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability.  Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.

 If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov.  From this site, you can access my statements and press releases about current events and pending legislation, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents.  You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.  I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator

Please do not respond to this message. If you would like to comment on legislation, please visit my website and use the correspondence form at https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm.

This letter was a reply from the office of Sam Farr on December 22, 2011.
Congressman Farr's End of the Year Newsletter

December 22, 2011

Ms. Teri Kim Pettit

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Dear Ms. Pettit:

As we bring 2011 to a close, I wanted to provide you with an update on some of the top issues that touched our communities this year from Washington to the Central Coast.

As always, please feel free to forward this email to friends and neighbors. I also want to invite you to visit my website for more information, and to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts on issues facing our communities.

KEY ISSUES OF 2011

Congressional Gridlock - In my 19 years of serving in the House of Representatives I have worked in a Democratic majority and minority, and under both Republican and Democratic presidents. In that time I have never seen the brand of extreme partisan politics that today has brought our nation's capitol to a halt. Read more... Investing in Healthy Futures - This year I took the role of Ranking Minority Member on the Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, a position that has allowed me to advocate for our local agriculture industry and the increased access of healthy meals. Before the end of the year, Congress passed-and the President signed-the committee's appropriations bill that provides critical funding for food safety and nutrition programs. Read more...

Supporting our Troops and Veterans - As thousands of service members continue to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, this year-and every year-we honored them with a renewed commitment to keep our promise of support. Without the brave efforts of generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and their families, our country would not be the beacon of freedom, hope and stability that it is today. Read more...

Protecting Seniors' Benefits - After two years, Social Security beneficiaries received their first Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase to help them deal with increasing consumer prices and health care costs. Seniors received a notice in mid-November detailing the 3.6 percent benefits increase set to begin in January of 2012. Read more...

Conserving our Beaches and Oceans - This year our Oceans, and the people working to protect them, received some much needed support. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I was able to reverse $48 million in funding cuts for critical ocean conservation issues. Also, legislation to support marine debris removal and prevention received two hearings that will bring the bill closer to a vote. Read more...

Iraq and Afghanistan - This year we welcomed the news that our troops will be coming home from Iraq just in time to celebrate the Holidays with their families. While this gives us cause to celebrate, I joined with many of my Congressional colleagues-and many of you-to continue to call on the President to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Read more...

Strengthening Our Tourism Industry - As a Co-Chair of the House Travel and Tourism Caucus I have worked to support the tourism industry on the Central Coast and across the nation. This year, I introduced the TRIP Act, legislation to strengthen the tourism industry and job creation through the promotion of regional domestic destinations. Read more...

RESOURCES YOU CAN USE

Stay Connected - Everyday our nation's capitol is swirling with activity and debate over issues critical to our communities. To help keep you up to date on what's going on in Washington and on the Central Coast, I invite you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter-two great forums to view quick information and share your thoughts and opinions. Read more...

Are You Visiting Washington, DC? - If you're visiting our nation's capital, I am ready to help you plan a memorable trip! My staff can help reserve tours for many of the most popular sites in DC including the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Read more...

Thank you for taking the time to read my update. I want to wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you on the Central Coast.

Sincerely,

SAM FARR

Member of Congress

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This letter was a reply from the office of Sam Farr on January 12, 2012.
Congressman Farr's Response

January 12, 2012

Ms. Teri Kim Pettit

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Dear Ms. Pettit:

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the PROTECT-IP Act and the Standards of Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Current federal law provides legal protection against intellectual property rights infringement, and I believe that we must do all that we can to enforce these laws and fight against the theft of intellectual property. I do support these bills' stated goals - providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign 'rogue' Web sites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting.

However, the internet's success and popularity is largely based on its ease of availability - both for the consumer and the owners and creators of web sites. As it currently stands, internet provider companies do not have the ability to censor what a consumer can and can not access on the internet. Under the terms both SOPA in the House and the PROTECT - IP in the Senate, the federal Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, could seek a court order against a Web site that illegally hosts copyrighted content and then wall off the site permanently. As drafted, this would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of Web sites.

In other words, under the House version, private companies would be allowed to sue Internet service providers for hosting content that they say infringes on copyright. That represents a very big change in the current law as created in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which grants immunity to Web sites as long as they act in good faith to take down infringing content upon notification.

SOPA is an effort to get at the very real problem of rogue Web sites - most operating from overseas - offering illicit downloads of movies, music and more. However, before we enact this legislation, we need to make sure we minimize collateral damage to law-abiding consumers and content providers.

We must cultivate an environment where creative innovative industries on both sides of the digital world can flourish. Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind as internet freedoms and intellectual property rights issues are considered on the House floor.

Again, thank you for contacting me about this important issue.

Sincerely,

SAM FARR

Member of Congress

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This letter was a reply from the office of Sam Farr on March 07, 2012.
Congressman Farr's Spring Enewsletter

March 7, 2012

Ms. Teri Kim Pettit

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Dear Ms. Pettit:

As we get ready to welcome the spring, I wanted to take the time to provide you with an update about the issues I am working on in Washington that are affecting our communities on the Central Coast.

As always, please feel free to share this information with friends and neighbors. I also want to invite you to visit my website for more information, and to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts on issues facing our communities.

KEY ISSUES

Mending America's Economy: America's economy is on the mend from the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression. We have seen important signs of growth, but we aren't out of the woods just yet: unemployment inis around 11% and people across the country are still struggling to put food on their tables and keep roofs over their heads. Clearly, there is more to be done, Read more.

Making Progress on Foreclosures: Our economic recovery is directly tied to a recovery of the housing market, as well as the ability to help families stay in their homes. The recently announced $25 billion settlement between the state attorneys general and the nation's five largest banks offers our communities another step to recovery. Find out what the deal means for you. Read More .

A Commitment to our Veterans: The debt that we owe to our nation's veterans is immeasurable. As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, I have continued to champion the cause of veterans on the Central Coast and across the country. Read more .

Supporting Agriculture: The 5-year Federal Farm Bill impacts multiple sectors of our economy, not to mention our nation's food supply. Delaying a Farm Bill creates unnecessary uncertainty for people who receive nutrition assistance, for farmers making production and planting decisions, and for food and farm businesses planning to grow, hire employees, and access new markets. Read More.

Animal Welfare and Good Economics: As an advocate for agriculture and animal welfare, I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, a common-sense bill that will help farmers, consumers, and animals. This legislation is proof that animal welfare and what's good for industry economics are not mutually exclusive. Read More.

Preserving Healthy Marine Ecosystems: America's coasts define the landscape across which a critical national discussion is unfolding. Along the Central Coast, our economy depends on healthy marine ecosystems, and I remain committed to preserving the health and integrity of our ocean and coasts. Read More.

RESOURCES YOU CAN USE

Stay Connected Everyday our nation's capital is swirling with activity and debate over issues critical to our communities. To help keep you up to date on what's going on in Washington and on the Central Coast, I invite you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter-two great forums to view quick information and share your thoughts and opinions. Read More.

Are You Visiting Washington, DC? If you're visiting our nation's capital, I am ready to help you plan a memorable trip! My staff can help reserve tours for many of the most popular sites in DC including the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Read More. Thank you for taking the time to read my update, and I look forward to seeing you on the Central Coast.

Sincerely,

SAM FARR

Member of Congress

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This letter was a reply from the office of Sam Farr on August 06, 2012.
Congressman Farr's Summer Newsletter

August 6, 2012

Ms. Teri Kim Pettit

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Dear Ms. Pettit:

As Congress heads into the August recess, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the issues that I'm working on to make our Central Coast a better place. After reading this Newsletter, I hope you'll think about the issues that matter to you most and please keep in touch. You can always call, email or write me a letter and I'll do my best to respond. You can also receive real time updates by "liking" my facebook page here or following me on Twitter: @RepSamFarr . Hearing from you and listening to your comments helps me better represent our needs in Congress. I am honored to serve you and look forward to working together in the future!

BUILDING THE MIDDLE CLASS

One of my top priorities is stabilizing our economy and creating jobs for the hardworking women and men living on California's Central Coast. We in Congress must do everything in our power to shore up the middle class and provide Americans with the support they need to provide for themselves and their families. Read more.

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

In June, the Supreme Court handed down its decision that found the health care reform law - the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - to be constitutional, with one exception. If you recall, the Court was asked to determine two things: whether the individual mandate was allowed, and whether the Medicaid expansion could be imposed on states. Read more.

INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION

Investing the future and ensuring our students are well prepared is incredibly important. We must invest in our schools to provide all our students with the resources, skills and training they need to be leaders in our global economy. We can no longer expect our students to win the future if we don't give them the building blocks for success. Read more.

SAVING HOMES

As our economy recovers, stabilizing our housing market and getting homeowners the support they need is vital. Earlier this year, you may recall that thestate Attorney General and the nation's five largest banks agreed to a $25 billion settlement for mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. These funds should provide important assistance for the struggling housing market and homeowners whose loans are owned or serviced by one of the five largest mortgage lenders may qualify for assistance. Read more.

OUR NEXT GREAT NATIONAL PARK

The Pinnacles have long been a special place for Central Coast families to explore. The majestic volcanic spires and soaring condors create lasting memories for visitors coming to experience thisgem. We now have a real chance to elevate the Pinnacles into a National Park. By placing it on the same level as other great parks, like Yosemite or Death Valley, generations of tourists will want to visit this natural wonder. Read more.

WORKING FOR LOCAL FARMERS

People often ask 'Why do we need a Farm Bill?' Most of us on the Central Coast understand how important a stable agriculture community is to our lives and our economy. But still many people do not fully understand exactly what the Farm Bill does. Read more.

CLEAN ENERGY SECURITY

To ignore mankind's contribution to climate change is perilous and Congress must invest in clean, renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Right here along our Central Coast, Fort Hunter Liggett was selected as one of six pilot installations for the U.S. Army net-zero energy program. Read more.

PROTECTING OUR OCEANS

Our Central Coast district is beautiful and our oceans are critical for so many - surfers, swimmers, fisherman, scientists, students - and it's a real boost for brining tourism dollars into our local economy. Since the tsunami that rocked Japan last year, debris is edging closer and closer to our coast. Already, a 66-foot dock washed ashore in Oregon and an abandoned Japanese fishing boat has been found off the coast of Washington. Read more.

PREVENTING ANIMAL CRUELTY

Animals play important roles in so many of our lives and I am proud of my record as a strong supporter of animal rights efforts to end the abuse of all animals. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States recently named me the "Humane Legislator of the Year" for work done to promote animal rights. Read more.

CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

To help keep you up to date on what's going on in Washington, follow me on Facebook and Twitter-two great forums for quick information and to share your thoughts and opinions. You can join the conversation on Facebook by clicking "Like" at facebook.com/RepSamFarr and "Follow" on Twitter: @RepSamFarr. Read more.

VISITING WASHINGTON, DC

If you're visiting our nation's capital, I am ready to help you plan a memorable trip! My staff can help reserve tours for many of the most popular sites in DC including the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Read more.

Thanks for taking the time to read this Newsletter and hopefully this information is useful. If there's something you have a question about, or want more information, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

SAM FARR

Member of Congress

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