Posted by Nick Sieger Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:00:24 GMT
Dear Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Franken, and Rep. Ellison,
I am writing to express my deep concern about the pending SOPA/PIPA legislation. I have seen reports that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar are both in favor of this legislation. This troubles me.
I see the intense legal pressure applied by the movie and recording industries to Congress as evidence that they simply don’t understand how to run their businesses in an ever changing technological landscape. They should realize that they could increase revenues by embracing new channels of distribution instead of wasting time tracking lost revenues due to piracy or fraud.
Based on this view, I see SOPA/PIPA as yet another misguided government attempt to intervene, prop up, and rescue an industry that doesn’t know how to alter its own business models to align with the current economic and technological climate. This attempt comes at the expense of taxpayers and citizens who view freedom of speech and information as inherent, unalienable rights.
Frankly, I find the amount of money raised for Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar to be a disgusting example of special interests buying legislation. As a constituent of the the state of Minnesota and its fifth congressional district, I urge Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar, and Rep. Ellison to return all funds contributed for and against this legislation and to remove any support for this bill.