[SATLUG] OT: Letter from my senator.

Dennis Myhand dmyhand at suddenlink.net
Fri Aug 8 10:50:43 CDT 2008

I just got the same thing.  Sounds to me like he is going to support 
what we hope he will vote against.  Peace, Dennis

Todd W. Bucy wrote:
> I recently read an article on EFF's website
> ( http://www.eff.org/issues/acta ) about a new anti-counterfitting
> treaty between the US, EU, Japan and Switzerland.  Not a real fan of
> amny of these treties so I took the time to let Senator Cornyn (you know
> Big Bad John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt05KC3Add8 )know that I
> wanted him to vote against this particular treaty.  I would like to post
> the email so that those SATLUG members living in Texas might know of
> their senators official stance on piracy, privacy and your civil
> rights. 
> Todd
> eamil as follows:
> Dear Mr. Bucy:
> Thank you for contacting me regarding global efforts to fight
> intellectual property theft. I appreciate having the benefit of your
> comments on this matter.
> Rapid advances in technology have led to the development of many
> products and services Americans use everyday, including digital
> television and radio, cellular communications, life-saving medications,
> and computer hardware and software. Continued technological advancement
> is vital to the growth of our country's economy, and as such lawmakers
> must continue to protect intellectual property rights while maintaining
> an open market for ideas and personal expression. However, in today’s
> global marketplace, U.S. law enforcement officials are often hamstrung
> when trying to combat intellectual property infringements that originate
> abroad. Many developing nations with lax technology policies and limited
> enforcement mechanisms are responsible for billions of dollars in
> intellectual property infringement that harms U.S. technology developers
> and manufacturers. However, violators are not limited to developing
> countries; several fully developed nations have outdated policies that
> do not reflect the reality of today’s global marketplace. 
> For these reasons, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
> has commenced a multilateral discussion concerning global intellectual
> property rights, known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
> (ACTA). I strongly support intellectual property rights, and I look
> forward to reviewing the recommendations of USTR in this regard. The
> United States is a leader in innovation, and to protect the investment
> made by our innovators, we must also lead the effort to combat global
> piracy. While the USTR is the lead trade negotiator on behalf of the
> executive branch of government, any change in international trade policy
> must be enacted by Congress before entering into effect. I understand
> your concerns, and you may be certain that I will keep your views in
> mind should relevant legislation come before the full Senate.
> I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the United
> States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
> Sincerely,
> United States Senator
> 517 Hart Senate Office Building
> Washington, DC 20510
> Tel: (202) 224-2934
> Fax: (202) 228-2856
> http://www.cornyn.senate.gov
> Please sign up for my monthly newsletter at
> http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/newsletter.
> Due to the nature of electronic communication, if you did not receive
> this e-mail directly from my office, I cannot guarantee that the text
> has not been altered. If you have questions about the validity of this
> message, or would like to respond to this message, please use the web
> form available at my website, http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact.

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