My email to Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut regarding PIPA and SOPA

Senator Richard Blumenthal on PIPA and SOPARecently I emailed Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, requesting that he vote against PIPA and oppose SOPA.  In response, I received a form letter, which ended with the following question:

“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.

Thank you,
William Brighenti, CPA
Accountants CPA Hartford, Connecticut, LLC

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William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, who operates a public accounting firm, Accountants CPA Hartford, Connecticut, LLC. Bill began his career in public accounting over thirty years ago. He provides a variety of accounting, tax, and QuickBooks consulting services to individuals and business across a wide spectrum of industries. Bill writes an accounting, tax, and QuickBooks blog under the penname, "The Barefoot Accountant". William Brighenti created the blog, Connecticut Politics, because of the need for a voice to cry out loud--Vox Clamantis--explaining the reasons for the terrible state of the economy in the United States as well as urging change and reform before the United States becomes a third world country.
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2 Responses to My email to Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut regarding PIPA and SOPA

  1. Charles Lyons says:

    I am writing to request that you become an advocate for passing a budget without which, it seems to me, we shall not solve the budget crisis. In my memory, this is unprecedented and defies logic.

  2. I agree. And we need to raise taxes on the rich, who have been on a tax holiday for the past thirty years. Thank you for your comment.

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