[SATLUG] OT: Letter from my senator.

Dennis Myhand dmyhand at suddenlink.net
Fri Aug 8 11:41:03 CDT 2008

I'm not sure where you got that he is a member of the India caucus.  He 
seems to take a slightly lopsided view of Old World and developing 
nations, leaning a little more to the Old World, but not much.  The only 
country he names is the US and he does seem to realize we can't get what 
we want all the time.  What I want him to realize is that there is a way 
to enforce laws without stepping on civil rights.

Todd W. Bucy wrote:
> Interesting that he is a member of the India caucus.  I wonder if he
> thinks that India is one of those "developing nations with lax
> technology policies and limited enforcement mechanisms (that) are
> responsible for billions of dollars in intellectual property
> infringement"? 
>>> 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 countries; several fully developed nations have outdated policies that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
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