Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two Cheers For Senator Patrick Leahy

I'm really torn about this Bill. I read the Effector argument against the Bill, and I read the Copyright Alliance point of view.

Frankly, I have a sense... just a sense... of the "Don't Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste" mentality. However, it is only a Bill, and it is in Committee, isn't it? That's when a bit of common sense ought to be introduced, and draconian provisions should be modified, and unintended consequences ought to be anticipated.

Here's what I originally wrote.

"....the Chairman — who on Monday was the lead sponsor introducing bipartisan legislation targeting rogue pirate sites — equates infringement with theft, and emphasizes the importance of enforcement of creator’s rights."
Written by Patrick Ross

Oops. I see that Patrick was gracious enough to mention my name.

"...And I shared with Chairman Conyers how I had the pleasure of interviewing three artists in Michigan, authors Rowena Cherry (from the Detroit suburbs) and Lillian Cauldwell, and orchestral composer James Aikman."

My thanks to Patrick Ross and Lucinda Dugger for all they do to support creators and artists everywhere across this great land.

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