Because America is a society based on free ideas and free-market capitalism, it is America’s creators who should have the first opportunity to monetize their original ideas. The federal government exists and has an obligation to secure those rights.
Online pirates are perpetuating the free entitlement culture that is plaguing the global economy. A culture of free dictates that every good idea America has ever produced holds no private value — that’s not a sustainable model. Don’t surrender America’s future prosperity for the hope that a new digital collectivism will turn this down economy right-side-up.
The genius of the American people, and the promise of the free market, will outlast and outperform all alternatives as long as property rights are enforced in our new virtual economy. The United States has everything to gain in the fight to enforce our intellectual property rights.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) is the No. 2 Republican on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and is founder and chairwoman of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.