An Open Letter to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Regarding SB 978

From Consumer Law & Policy Blog, my latest post, An Open Letter to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Regarding SB 978. Here’s a taste:

Dear Ms. Klobuchar:

I’m writing to object to SB 978a bill you are sponsoring that would make it a felony for people to post covers of copyrighted material to sites like YouTube and Facebook.

This bill is targeted at children. It is calculated to stifle creativity and prevent the emergence of new talent. You may not have intended these results, but if your bill becomes law it will turn kids (and many adults) into criminals while doing little to protect copyright holders.

Read An Open Letter to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Regarding SB 978 on Consumer Law & Policy Blog.

  • http://mnconsumerattorneyblog.com/ Anne Hansen Gathje

    Great letter, Sam. Anyone who actually reads the text of the bill carefully can tell it does a lot more than what Sen. Klobuchar says it does, and it’s inevitably going to wind up hurting fans who post their own cover/tribute videos. I don’t think that’s her actual intent, but she’s not the one who wrote the bill, either.

    • http://caveatemptorblog.com Sam Glover

      At least I hope she’s not the one who wrote the bill. If we’re wrong and this wasn’t drafted by the recording industry, then Ms. Klobuchar has a whole lot of explaining to do.