I am writing to you as a citizen of Iowa. Senate Bill 3325, The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, recently was introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee. I strongly encourage you to vote against this bill if it comes to a vote.
This bill is a thinly-disguised attempt by big media companies to preserve their monopoly on media generation and dissemination. They’re so desperate to hang onto an old paradigm, they’re now trying to get the United States Attorney General involved rather than adapt to the new world in which we now live, work, and play. Media companies and policymakers should be working to figure out how to tap into the transformative power and potential of the Internet rather than trying so hard to preserve a past that will never return.
As the saying goes, “It’s not a revolution if someone doesn’t get hurt.” As Iowans and other American citizens realize that they now have voice and power, existing monopolies often get in the way of societal progress. This is one of those situations where we have to decide if we favor the people or change-averse corporations.
This bill does not serve the interests of Iowans or other Americans. Please say no to Senate Bill 3325 if it comes to a vote. Thank you.
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Coordinator, Educational Administration Program
Director, UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education
[hat tip to Tim Stahmer and the EFF]
Give me a break. I’m not a big media company but my business has lost well over a million dollars to IP theft. I welcome the government’s efforts to live up to its constitutional responsibility to protect citizens like me. IP theft is REAL theft. If you disagree, allow me to be “innovative” and let me drive off with your car… for free.