Response from Yvette D. Clarke
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Yvette D. Clarke.
November 01, 2011
Dear Mr. Safir,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the S. 968, Preventing
Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of
Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011 and H.R. 3261,
the Stop Online Piray Act. I appreciate your taking the time to
write to me on this important issue, and I welcome the
opportunity to respond.
The Internet is an extremely important engine for economic
growth, innovation, and communication. It helps facilitate the
flow of technology and business methods, which help in small
business growth. However, the Internet has been used as a way to
steal these ideas, including intellectual property, to the
extent that it has hurt the ability for businesses to compete in
the global market place. The Constitution guarantees for a
limited time to these individuals and entities the exclusive
right to their respective writings and discoveries. In return,
these individuals or entities make public their ideas.
Subsequently, Congress must ensure that America has in place the
proper regulatory system that punishes these activities. I
believe Congress must pursue a course that maintains a balance
between the free flow of information across the Internet and
protections needed for individuals that publicize their
intellectual property. Please know I will work with my
colleagues on legislation to improve intellectual property law.
As you may know, these bills1 would allow the Attorney General
or an intellectual-property owner to take legal action against
individuals associated with an internet site dedicated to
infringing activities (ISDIA). An ISDIA is defined as having no
significant purpose other than engaging in or facilitating
copyright infringement. They would also facilitate legal
proceedings taken by the Attorney General and the Department of
Justice against foreign nationals that are associated with
delinquent domain names that harm American Internet users. The
PROTECT IP Act is currently before the Senate Committee on
Judiciary for its consideration. The Stop Pnline Piracy Act is
being considered by the House Committee on the Judiciary. Please
know that I will be sure to keep your views in mind as this bill
continues through the legislative process.
Thank you again for contacting me, and please visit www.clarke.house.gov
to stay up to date on the issues facing the
11th Congressional District of New York.
Yvette D. Clarke
Member of Congress
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