“If you think we can eliminate online piracy, what do you see as alternatives to the proposals in the Protect IP Act, and how can they best be implemented?”
My emailed response to his question follows:
Dear Senator Blumenthal,
This is the Age of Information. And to promote literacy, free speech, and the exchange of ideas, the internet needs to be protected and made free to all users, as if it were one huge public library.
If vendors wish to protect their property, then they are free to do so through technology, installing controls on discs to prevent duplication and publication. Let these vendors assume the financial responsibility; do not impose such at the taxpayers expense.
We are not charged extra if we lend copies of books that we purchased at bookstores to friends. This is not regarded as piracy but as sharing. Neither are we charged extra for copies of books that we take out from the public library. Again, this is not regarded as piracy but as educational.
The important point is to conceive of the internet as one big public library, making all information contained thereon freely and publicly available. If we wish to promote intellect, communication, brainstorming, literacy, the exchange of ideas, creativity, innovation, etc., then make their medium–the internet–free and available to all.
William Brighenti, CPA
Accountants CPA Hartford, Connecticut, LLC