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Open Letter to Senator Franken Re: S:968

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Marti Oakley


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Dear Senator Franken:

I received your reply to my objection to SOPA and PIPA, and have noted that either you have been totally misled about online piracy, or have intentionally misrepresented the issue at hand.

Contrary to your letter, something has already been done to protect copyright infringement.  They call it the TRIPS agreement.  There are 185 member states.  I think that’s just about everyone. 

This agreement is used by corporations and individuals worldwide to protect every thing from fictitious patents from Monsanto and other bio-pirates that claim a new life form has been created, to musical compositions, literary works, creative arts, traditional knowledge, inventions of all kinds, seeds, gene splicing, hybridization of animals, scientific papers and dissertations and theory, mechanical design, fluid designs, poetry, books, surveillance methodologies, movies and other theatrical creations, etc..

You get the picture.  Everything that SOPA and PIPA claim they would cover is already covered in the TRIPS agreement, including trademarks, with the appropriate enforcement included.

From your letter:

“Right now, a company has no way to enforce its rights if it finds that its products are being pirated or counterfeited on a website hosted overseas. The PROTECT IP Act was designed to give the Attorney General and private companies a way to cut off the flow of money to these foreign sites. We can’t force those sites to stop infringing our copyrights and trademarks because they’re not subject to our courts, but we can make sure they don’t make money in the process.” [end quote]

Wrong  Senator!  They have the TRIPS agreement and god only knows how many other agreements, rules, regulations, harmonization agreements, etc., that we don’t even know about….yet.   Surely we have some economy killing trade agreement with these countries that allow the infringing that could be used for leverage. More

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