Do Leahy and Hatch actually read their email?
July 14, 2000 9:34 PM   Subscribe

Do Leahy and Hatch actually read their email? Odds are you might get read by one of their assistants, but still I recommend you send a message in your own words as opposed to what recommends. Whether you want changes to copyright legislation or not, let your voice be heard. It's just a click away. Also, MP3 Goes To Washington contains some enlightening and thought-provoking material.
posted by ZachsMind (3 comments total)
Whoops! I didn't see this. Please disregard me and go respond to that one. Same topic, it just came up earlier.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:30 AM on July 15, 2000

Leahy reads his email! (actually, I'm sure some smart staffer set up a procmail filter to route incoming mail to an autoresponder)

I just got this:

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Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 20:33:29 -0400
From: Senator Leahy
Subject: The recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on digital music
To: "''"
Message-id: <8004864933E9D311B7D30008C7BF05A912D29D@VERMONT2>
MIME-version: 1.0
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2650.21)
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X-UIDL: ea2e80dad9508b01b1a8f38ae8c58a31

Thanks for your message about the issues examined in the recent Senate
Judiciary Committee hearing on digital music.

If you are interested in more information on that hearing you can find the
witness statements and those of Senator Hatch and myself at
on the Judiciary Committee
website. My statement is also posted at on my
homepage, where you can also find other statements and information about
Internet freedom and Internet privacy issues that I have worked on in the

Here are some excerpts from my opening statement at the hearing:

"Too often the discussion over how to protect intellectual property rights
has devolved into a debate over whether such protection will stop
technological innovation. That should not be the case. Protection of
intellectual property provides incentives to promote scientific and artistic
advancement." (I went on to note that the courts are in the process of
sorting out a number of these issues and that Congress must also be
concerned about striking the proper balance.)

"New online music programs and services show strong consumer demand for new
artists and for good music delivered over the Internet. These new
distribution channels allow new artists to become known and will open new
avenues for the copyright industries to reach consumers. The music industry
is accelerating development of legitimate means for satisfying the consumer
demand for online access to music -- as well as copy protection systems to
ensure that artists can continue to exercise control over their works
without unintended global publication.

"History has shown that when new technologies emerge, they may initially
seem to threaten to trump intellectual property protection. In the end,
things get sorted out and the new avenues offer new opportunities for
artists and more choices for consumers. To me, the ubiquitous concert tapes
of Grateful Dead fans come to mind. I hope that this hearing will give all
of us a better understanding of what is at stake and a deeper appreciation
and respect for the creative energy that copyright is intended to nurture."

Again, thanks for contacting me about these timely issues.

posted by mathowie at 10:00 PM on July 15, 2000

Yeah I got the same thing. Read the first sentence and immediately thought "autoresponder." However, it's a thoughtfully presented form letter. I really like Leahy. I disagree with him on some things, but he's very Net savvy compared to his contemporaries in the Senate. He knows the difference between 56K and T3. His website is efficient and conservatively elegant with a concentration on content over splash. However, one thing Hatch has over Leahy, is a fun and games section! Wowie Zowie! =) Hatch's music isn't bad by the way, if you happen to like inspirational religious fare. I mean it's good quality for that genre. Let's see if Senator Leahy has his own band... Well, not exactly...
posted by ZachsMind at 8:56 AM on July 16, 2000

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