Margie Ann OConnor
is always a pleasure to hear from Americans about issues affecting our
country today. Your opinion is important to me, and I will make every
effort to respond to messages from my constituents who provide their
names and U.S. mail addresses.
Thank you again for contacting me.
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Member of Congress
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the PROTECT IP Act on May 12, 2011. The legislation is in response to concerns about online copyright infringement and sale of counterfeit goods. The bill would allow the Justice Department to seek federal court injunctions to halt online promotion of illegal activities.
I believe copyright protection is a foundation for innovation. Intellectual property is the creative core of the information age. Patent and intellectual property ownership laws offer needed protection for the economic and other interests of inventors, entrepreneurs, performers, and other creative thinkers. These protections are also important to future growth and employment in important U.S. industries.
Protecting intellectual property is more challenging than ever before. Among other things, high speed broadband enables access to the entire catalog of movies, music, books, television, and technology.
Online promotion of counterfeit goods by foreign entities is also a growing concern. How to protect copyright, patent, and intellectual property rights ? and do so without infringing on consumers? legitimate interests ? requires dealing with a complex series of problems.
The PROTECT IP Act has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although I am not a member of that committee, please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should this bill or related legislation be reported for action by the full Senate.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
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