Some background: On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King asked the U.S. Treasury Department to put Wikileaks on its Blocked Persons List. That list is mainly used against "terrorists and narcotics traffickers," and would prohibit any U.S. company from doing business with them. Today, the Treasury Department quite sanely refused.
I decided to email them a thank-you note, since I'm sure the Treasury Department does not get enough of those. The text of my email is below. (I added a hyperlink to the story in The Hill, but other than that, it is unaltered.)
Nowadays, it seems like everything the RIAA says is designed only to piss me off.
In an uncharacteristically nice turn, the "Copyright Czar" Victoria Espinel has asked for public opinions on IP enforcement.Now, it's obvious that she's really fishing for the RIAA and MPAA to provide her with justification. But even so, the fact is that the lines of communication have been opened.
So, on the tails of my recent post about why artists should embrace filesharing, I decided to write her an email. This is the text of that email.
You can read the request for suggestions here (PDF file). If you would like to send a letter yourself, email it to intellectualproperty[at]omb[dot]eop[dot] gov. Remember to be civil, and keep the salty language to yourself.